It had been raining since the day I reached my hometown. A respite from the scorching and smoke filled skies of Bangalore. I was hardly able to adjust to the freezing cold for first two days. Years of staying in hottest part of the country does that to you
Delightful weather and delicious food – a perfect setting for the onset of new year, for a festival of dance and colors – Rongali Bihu
A Spring Bloom
Kopou Phool, also called Foxtail Orchid, is an integral part of Bihu and also the state flower of Assam.
During the two days of celebration, Bihu Toli – consisting of young and old visit neighbors in groups. Dressed in traditional attire, with dhol and pepa they dance in every house, singing songs of merriment. It’s a beautiful sight to see these little wonders.
Later the children offer blessings as the host presents them with gifts or money.
Merrymaking gang of Tiny-tots
Another slightly older group dancing and singing away
And they blessed our family too
To me Bihu is a synonym for get-together – A gang of cousins chattering over a cup of tea, munching rice-cakes and photo-shoots. Not to forget to provide tips on life saving matters like how to knuckle under an angry girlfriend
Meleng Tea Estate on the way to Grandmother’s house.