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Magh Bihu: Assam’s festival of food
Magh Bihu is celebrated during the mid of January and it is the time when winter goes towards the way of spring season. The eve of the two months is called ‘Sankranti’ and this time is very important for the festival of Bihu.
BIHU THE traditional and cultural festival of Assam is the most important event of celebration for all the Assamese people. Bihu is of three types, celebrated round the year in different time viz. Bohag Bihu or Rangali Bihu, the festival of joy (Rang); Kati Bihu or Kangali Bihu, the festival of poverty and lastly the Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu, the festival of food.
 
This time Assam and the Assamese people all over is again celebrating the Magh Bihu with a great hope. The Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu means the festival of food items and the joy of enjoying the agricultural and harvested production of their own.
   
Magh Bihu is celebrated during the mid of January and it is the time when winter goes towards the way of spring season. The eve of the two months is called ‘Sankranti’ and this time is very important for the festival of Bihu. During Magh Bihu, this time is known as ‘Uruka’ the day before the Magh Bihu. The night of ‘Uruka’ has a great importance. People used to make different food items like Pitha (cake made of flour of rice), Doi (curds), chira (dry rice), fish, meat, etc. as well as they are got prepared for the prayer to the god. During the occasion of Magh Bihu people especially the villagers used to make a big pavilion made of woods, bamboo, hay and dry leafs of banana, called the ‘Meji’.
     
On the day after uruka people arrange to set fire the Mejis early in the morning and sit-down to enjoy their month long preparation. In some places Mejis are fired in two days. Some people specially the village people arrange an interesting festival like- bullfights, bird fights, egg fights, etc. during Magh Bihu with a co-mixing of cultural dances and traditional Bihu songs.
      
During the occasion of Magh Bihu, Magh mela every year is held at the historical place of Hazo-Puwa-Makka, which is situated nearby Guwahati City.    
      
People used to visit their relatives and pray for the goodness of their lives and these helps to make a unity to the society during this festival and they are seen to be get united, beyond the boundaries of rich and poor.
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