Biju Festival

Biju is also known as the Bizu and is an important festival of the Chakma tribe. The event is celebrated to bid goodbye to the old year while welcoming the new year. The celebrations span over a period of three days which includes the last couple of days of Chaitra and the first “Pahela Boishakh”.It is believed that the festival of Biju is celebrated in the month of Mid-April which is meant to commemorate the agricultural activities and agricultural growth. It is during this period that the first rains of the year are experienced. As a result, people want good luck for their agricultural harvest and that is why the Biju festival came into being in the first place.

The first day is called the flower Biju, the second is known as the Main Biju, and finally, the third day is also called the GozaPuja. The first day of the festival is considered to be the day of household items where the entire house is cleaned. Besides, different flowers are used to decorate the house on this day. The second day begins with a bath in a river after which traditional new clothes are worn by both men and women of all age groups. The participants in the festival also indulge in thedifferent type of traditional sports of their choice while enjoying traditional dishes and sweets. Finally, on the second day of this festival, people enjoy the tradition Biju dance. On the last day of the Biju festival which is also known as the GozaPuja, the tribe indulges in different ways of merriment including drinking alcohol and various other activities. People visit each other’s houseand take the blessings of the elder people. Not only this, celebrations include cooking a traditional dish which goes by the name of Pazon ton. It is nothing but a curry which comprises of five different types of vegetables. All in all, the festival is celebrated with great pomp and show.

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