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Magh Bihu fever grips Assamese with singing, dancing and feasting
Assam has got into the fever of much awaited joyous festival of Magh Bihu on January 15 this year. The Bihu dance and song performances are being staged in villages, towns and cities of Assam to celebrate the harvest festival which is also called Bhogali Bihu.

The festival is marked by collective singing, dancing and community feasts after the annual harvest by the Assamese. In the fest that will be organised on the night of January 14, the preparations are on and community kitchens have been set up in various habitations. The sweets like Pitha and Laru are being made from sesame and molasses or sugarcane juice. The night before the festival bonfire lighting and feasting will take place.

On the eve of the festival young men go to the field, preferably near a river, build a makeshift cottage called Bhelaghar with the hay of the harvest fields and the bonfire or Meji. During the whole night, they prepare food for community feasting everywhere, distribute sweets and exchange greetings at this time.

The entire night before the festival day the community spends the night around a Meji with people playing folk instruments, singing Bihu songs, beating Dhol, dancing and playing fun games.

During the bonfire lighting, Assamese offer prayers to the God of Fire and pick up pieces of half burnt firewood for being thrown among fruit trees for next bountiful harvest.

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