2022 Magh Bihu Date: Friday, 14 January
Magh Bihu is a well-known harvest festival of Assam that marks the end of harvesting season in the month of Magh. It is also known as Maghar Domahi or Bhogali Bihu. This noteworthy festival features the real cultural tradition and heritage of the Assam and other north-eastern states of India. Magh Bihu festival brings harvesting season to a final point and begins with the celebration of Uruka, known to be the last day of the Poush Month in accordance with the Assamese calendar.
As per Mythology, this festival is dedicated to Agni God- the lord of Fire. People establish wooden huts, prepare delicious food items, and collect bamboo sticks (Meji) to burn during bonfires in the nighttime. The left ashes are used for spreading on the farmlands to proliferate fertility and cultivation. Basically, there are three major Bihu celebrations in a year, namely- Kongali Bihu, Rongali Bihu, and Bhogali Bihu, and the Bhogali Bihu festival is distinguished as Assamese New Year and thus solemnized the entire night as Sankranti event. As per the Assamese calendar, it is termed as the harvest agricultural observance with feasting in Bonfire overnight. It marks the shift in Sun’s solstice. This noteworthy harvesting festivity is predominately dedicated to the farmers who exalt the harvesting, cropping, and agriculture by maintaining Meji- bamboo poles to blaze while consuming a material such as coal, wood, and other degradable materials in a hut style near the farmlands. The ashes left are further used for sprinkling onto the cropped farmlands for fertility. Not only farmlands are worshipped on this illustrious festival day, but castles and divinity earth are also revered during this festival.