Like the other Bihu festivals, the festival of Bohag Bihu is an important festival for the people of Assam. Assam is one of the north-eastern states in India. There are three Bihu festivals which are celebrated in this state, out of which the Bohag Bihu comes in the season of spring. The festival is known to bring together Assamese of different caste, religion, gender, faith, etc. who come together to celebrate the Bohag Bihu with great pomp and fervor.
Bohag Bihu is also known as the Rangali Bihu and is essentially known as the Assamese new year. The festival falls in mid-April which is also the time of harvest. During the festival, the people celebrate seven different phases. For example, the first phase is the Raati Bihu when people play musical instruments beneath a tree. The second is the chot Bihu when the celebrations comprise of traditional songs and dances. While Goru Bihu is the third phase, manuh Bihu is considered to be the fourth one. During this time, the young ones take blessings from the elderly members of the family. On the fifth phase also known as the Kutum Bihu, people visit each other’s families and relatives to celebrate the auspicious day together. The penultimate phase is the mela Bihu during which people organize and participate in various cultural programs and events. The last, but not the least is the Chera Bihu in which people bid goodbye to the entire festival. All the participants of the Bohag Bihu festival are known to exchange gifts as well as the traditionalpithas on this particular day. All the seven different phases of the Bohag Bihu festival are celebrated over a span of seven different days in most parts of Assam. Visitors who come to witness the celebrations are often served rice beer which is a main part of all the celebrations and joy of this occasion.