Recently, the Prime Minister of India extended best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Kati Bihu to the people of Assam.
GS I: Festivals
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- Kati Bihu Overview
Kati Bihu Overview:
- Kati Bihu is celebrated in the northeastern state of Assam.
- The word “Kati” signifies “to cut,” and this festival marks the period of relocating rice saplings in the fields.
- It is also commonly known as Kongali Bihu, with “Kongali” referring to “poor.”
- Assam observes three Bihu festivals: Bhogali or Magh Bihu in January, Rongali or Bohag Bihu in April, and Kati Bihu.
- Kati Bihu falls in a month with relatively few food resources.
- To celebrate, people light earthen lamps or candles to illuminate their homes.
- An essential aspect of the festival involves lighting diyas near the Tulsi plant, which is worshiped on this auspicious day.
- Additionally, individuals place a special lamp known as “Akash Banti” (Sky candle) in their paddy fields.
- These lamps are fueled by mustard oil and are elevated atop bamboo poles.
- The belief is that these illuminated lamps will guide their ancestors toward heaven.