Assam: Kati Bihu, the annual festival marking the beginning of the New Year season, is being celebrated on October 18 this year. It is the first day of the month of Kati in the Assamese calendar, usually in mid-October. Celebrated throughout Assam, this festival symbolizes the failure of the rice crop. Houses are named with lamps and bamboo pathways are also made in honor of the houses.
During Kati Bihu, Tulsi remedies are purified and placed on a platform called Tulsi Bheti. The festival involves making offerings and praying for the welfare and prosperity of the family. During the paddy ceremony, a special lamp is lit which is called ‘Aakash Binti‘ or Sky Candle.
These herbal oil lamps are placed on bamboo poles. It is believed that they guide the journey into the afterlife. Tribihu festivals have agricultural importance and various agricultural cycle forums are created. Kati Bihu, also known as Kongali Bihu, occurs when rice paddies are planted. This agro-spiritual and cultural heritage reflects the cultural heritage of Assam. His remains are taken from the land of the people and are a reminder of his duty to protect and nurture them.
Lighting a lamp, a symbol of hope and guidance highlights the unity of life and purpose. The term Kongali Bihu comes from the generally empty granaries and scarce food of that period. To counter the evil and evil, lamps or candles are lit throughout the house, with a central lamp near the remedies of Holy Basil, a symbol of hope.