The Festival of ‘Bihu’ marks the end of the Harvest season in Assam and to celebrate this, people in Assam organize a festival that is marked by feasts and bonfires called ‘Magh Bihu’. Every year, in the month of January, young people erect makeshift huts, known as ‘Meji’ from bamboo, leaves and thatch in which they eat the food prepared for the feast and then burn the huts the next morning. This marks the onset of the festival of ‘Magh Bihu’ and people indulge in games such as ‘Tekeli bhonga (Pot breaking)’, ‘Moh Juj (Buffalo fighting)’ and ‘Kukura Juj (Cock fighting)’. At night, family members get together around a bonfire and cook dinner and indulge in merry making. Attractions of this feast are the traditional sweets prepared across all Assamese households that include rice cakes known as ‘Shunga Pitha’, ‘Til Pitha’ and sweets of Coconut called as ‘Laru’.

To mark the occasion of the ‘Magh Bihu’ Festival, the Assam Boat Racing and Rowing association in collaboration with the Department of Assam Tourism organize the ‘Brahmaputra Beach Festival’ along the banks of the mighty River Brahmaputra in at Bharalumukh in Guwahati.

This festival is a major draw for all sport enthusiasts across the North East Region. A congregation of people gather to witness this one of a kind event which carries some of the joyous spirit of Magh Bihu and create and atmosphere of sportsmanship. One gets to savour traditional assamese cuisine and enjoy the tribal dance forms. The banks of the Brahmaputra are filled with small shops that showcase the locally made craft products and locally spun textiles. Various sporting events of the likes of like Beach cricket, Beach volleyball, water rafting, canoeing and wind surfing, ice skating, kayaking and Aero sports like ballooning, paragliding and hang gliding. Visitors and tourists can participate in these events and show their skills. Traditional games like elephant races, egg breaking and cock fighting are also held along with these modern and technically advanced games. Competitions like Sit and draw and kite flying are also held where children can take part. Exhibition of traditional craft is also a part of the festival.

Jungleideas welcomes you to the North East India and be a part of the ‘Magh Bihu and the Brahmaputra Beach Festival’ at Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

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Traditional Sweets offered at the Magh Bihu Festival in Assam. Source: youthveda.com

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

Traditional Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India, Brahmaputra Beach Festival of Assam, Tour of Tribes in Assam, Festival Tour of Assam and North East India
A traditional Assamese Meji

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

Traditional Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India, Brahmaputra Beach Festival of Assam, Tour of Tribes in Assam, Festival Tour of Assam and North East India
Customary Bull fights at Magh Bihu . Source: assaminfo.com

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

Traditional Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India, Brahmaputra Beach Festival of Assam, Tour of Tribes in Assam, Festival Tour of Assam and North East India
Customary Cock Fights at Magh Bihu. Source: assaminfo.com

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

Traditional Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India, Brahmaputra Beach Festival of Assam, Tour of Tribes in Assam, Festival Tour of Assam and North East India
The Brahmaputra Beach Festival at Guwahati in Assam. Source: nelive.in

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India