Rongali or Bohag Bihu 2017 date – Assam New Year 2017
Bihu Festival is celebrated in three times in a year with different farming phases. These are Bohag Bihu, Kongali Bihu, and Magh Bihu.
Bohag Bihu, also known as Rangoli Bihu is a seven-day long festival as per the traditional Assamese New year Calendar and starts from 15th April 2017 and goes on to 21st April 2017. This time of the year is when farmers start plowing their fields. Each of the seven days of the Bohag Bihu is called as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu, Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu.
The New Year is celebrated on the first day of Bohag month. In 2017, the date of Bohag Bihu is April 14.
In the first day, the Rongali Bihu New Year celebrations which fall on the last day of Assamese month ‘Chaitra’ is known as ‘Goru Bihu’ (the festival of a cow). In 2017, the date of Goru Bihu is April 13.
In the second day, the Bohag Bihu celebrations is also known as ‘Manuh Bihu’ (the festival for the people). It is commonly known as the custom Assamese New Year – Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu. It is celebrated on the first of Bohag month. In 2017, the date of Bohag Bihu is April 14.
The third day of Assamese New Year Bihu festival is known as ‘Gosain Bihu (God’s Bihu).
Rongali Bihu and food
The Bohag and the Bhogali Bihu involve cooking of certain food items like green leafy vegetables to celebrate the successful harvest and the abundance of crops. Other main Traditional Assamese Food items that assume significance during the Bohag festival include coconut, jiggery, rice, sesame and milk products. Families visit kith and kin to exchange greetings and home cooked food.
Magh Bihu – 15th January 2017 to 16th January 2017
Bohag Bihu – 13th April 2017 to 15 April 2017
Kongali Bihu – 18th October 2017