Delightful Gift Ideas For Bihu Festival
Acknowledged worldwide as the land of blue hills and red river, Assam is also favoured as the land of feasts and festivals. Bihu is the most impressive and prominent one among the rest. Marked by music, dance, mirth, gaiety, and spiritual colouring, Bihu is cherished with a lot of delight and joviality. An euphoria of joy and bliss fills the atmosphere during this jamboree and is celebrated with huge passion and fervour by every Assamese irrespective of caste, creed, and race.
Assamese chiefly celebrate three types of Bihus in a year- Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu, Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu and Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu indicating the change of season.
- Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu - Marking the agricultural New Year at the advent of the seeding time Rongali Bihu is observed around April 15 on the first day of Hindu solar calendar.
- Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu - Marking the completion of sowing and transplanting of paddies Kati Bihu is celebrated on the first day of 'Kati' month in Assamese calendar. Occurring in the mid of October of Gregorian calendar this Bihu comes in a different flavor.
- Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu - Marking the end of the harvesting period this Bihu is celebrated in the mid of January, on the first day of 'Magh' month of Assamese Calendar.
History and Origin
Transcending all the religious and class barricades, Bihu is celebrated with much jubilation and festivity. The significant and noteworthy celebration of Bihu dates back to 3500 B.C which is historically presumed of having its origin in the pre-Aryan days. Bihu celebrations used to last for a month or more during the primitive period which have now reduced to a week. Two different perspectives are there regarding the source of origin of the word Bihu’s.
- One says that the word Bihu is originated from the language of Dimasa Kacharis and Bodo word ‘bohun’, meaning ‘earth’.
- And the other says that the word Bihu is originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Vishu’ meaning the vernal equinox of the winter solstice.
The most eminent and well celebrated Bihu is the Rongali Bihu which is commemorated to welcome the Assamese New Year. This year the Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu will be observed on the 15th of April. The festivities of this fun filled festival prolongs for about a week spreading joy and happiness. The Assamese people stays geared up to celebrate this spring festival of Bihu with huge pomp and show. Rongali Bihu is the most eminent and acclaimed Bihu festival of Assam observed with much joy and festivity. ‘Gamosa’ ( a traditional Assamese hand-woven cotton towel with red designs and a white background) plays a pivotal role in this joyous festival. People greet each other with wonderful gifts in this festival which are always carried forward along with a new Gamosa showing respect to the elders specially.
Celebration of Bihu outside Assam
Bihu being the national festival of Assam is celebrated world wide with much merriment. The several Assamese communities and associations around the world celebrate this fiesta with great enthusiasm. The effectiveness and enjoyment of this joyous festival is increased through several beauty contests, dance competition, music programmes based on bihu songs known as ‘Husori’ etc. The delightful projection of the yearnings and desires of youth is expressed through Bihu dance along with the crescendo of the drum charms and entertains the horde of people. Traditional forms of celebration like Bull fights and Bird fights are widely employed to rediscover their culture outside India. The London Bihu Committee is one of the significant groups amongst others who celebrates this festival with huge verve and gusto.
The Assamese committee around the several states of U.S. like Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Arizona etc celebrates this grand festivity with much ebullience and charm. The U.S. Assamese community of Phoenix, Arizona has been celebrating Rongali Bihu with lots of fun and merriment for the past few years.
Delightful Gift Ideas
Gifts offer immense pleasure and happiness. Exchange gifts among your loved ones and solicit for the blessings of the elders and the love of the young ones. Gifts are ideal medium of enhancing the depth of a relationship in this festive mood. Bihu being a traditional festival comprises of several customs and regulations. Gifting plays an important role in establishing a relation of love, faith and respect. Some enchanting quintessential gift ideas for Bihu are discussed below.
Sweets & Dry Fruits Hamper
Sweet symbolises festivity and tradition which makes it the supreme gift idea for any festival. Dry fruits signifies longevity, promise, value etc and are very useful health supplements. The tradition of distributing sweets is still in high demand. Any joyful event remains incomplete without sweets. One assorted hamper of sweets and dryfruits together will make a wonderful gift absolutely ideal for this festival.
Flowers redefine the connotation of love and understanding between each other. The variant colours of flowers with their divergent meanings enhance their charm and freshness. In this commercial market florists are earning massively specially during these festivals and events. A simple flower decked over the head of a young lady will intensify her beauty adding lustre to the bloom of maidenhood. This Bihu send lovely gifts for your loved ones along with a pretty bouquet of colourful flowers.
Jewellery is one of the universal form of ornamentation which reveals our heritage, cultural background and ethnicity. Indian women seems to be incomplete without jewelleries. Assam beholds a rich, unique and exclusive collection of traditional jewellery. Jewelleries hold a special place in the heart of the Assamese women and are worn during the cultural and religious events.
Doog-dogi, Kerumoni, Thuriya, Gam- kharu, Muthi- kharu, Jonbiri, Dholbiri, Loka- paro, Bana, Gal- pata and Keru are the traditional jewellery of Assam used widely by the women in Assam and are wonderful gift ideas as well.
Gift Hampers convey emotions wonderfully at one go. Hampers make bodacious gift idea for they serve several interesting gifts combined together. They can be send as a gift to your loved ones according to their preferences. You can have a compilation of several useful gift items altogether through a gift hamper. Bihu comprises of a few vital items like Gamosa, Jaapi etc which you can include in the preferred gift hampers for your loved ones making them happy.
Spiritual idols not only make good devotional gift item but are also wonderfully used to decorate our rooms. Spread happiness and blessing through some pretty spiritual idols creating an aura of lovely fun filled atmosphere for your loved ones.
Bihu is mainly a culture of the masses which is secular in concept and is intimately connected with agriculture. It is a festival filled with huge exhilaration and merriment accompanied by several religious activities. Therefore no dearth of happiness and zeal can be observed throughout the entire celebrations of Bihu festival. Celebrate this joyful festival with your loved ones making them cheer in joy.