Sonowal appreciated the prime minister for attending the function and said it reflected his love for the Assamese people and their culture
The festival is dedicated to the Sun God (Lord Surya) and marks the beginning of the new harvest festival
Pongal, which means “spilling over”, comes from one of the rituals observed in the festival, which sees freshly harvested rice is boiled, along with jaggery and milk, in a new clay pot until the substance overflows.
People observing this festival believe that Makar Sankranti brings a lot of hope, wishes and the promise of prosperity in family and in an individual's life.
The festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bhogali Bihu, Uttarayan, and Paush Parva significantly mark the harvesting season of crops as the winter season ends and ushers in the spring
In Assam, locals struggle to find Bihu special greens owing to unplanned urbanisation, climate change
For Rongali Bihu, the Assamese new year, a special dish is traditionally prepared — a concoction of ‘ekho-ek bidh xaak’, or 101 varieties of local leafy greens and herbs, that is believed to be beneficial to health.
PM Modi said that while Makar Sankranti ‘reaffirms the importance of respecting mother nature’, Pongal showcases the best of Tamil culture
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On the festival, people erect makeshift huts called Meji from bamboo, leaves and thatch, and food for the feast is prepared in the huts
While the subdued Bihu seems like a historic first to many — hardships, earthquakes, even war have seemingly proven small deterrent for the festival — there is a precedent for it, one that dates 193 years ago.
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India celebrates Bihu, Pongal, Makar Sankranti and Lohri.
PM Modi tweets special wishes for the various festivals celebrated across India
The home commissioner said the judgement and order of the Supreme Court on 7 May 2014 in the Animal Welfare Board of India vs A Nagaraja and others case was forwarded to the officials on 10 September for taking necessary action.
Mahanta was actively involved in the state's "language movement" in 1960 under the stalwarts Bishnuprasad Rabha, Hemanga Biswas and Jugal Das.
The full Commission came to Assam for first the time since announcement of poll dates, also directed the police to seize all licenced and illegal arms.
The poll dates will affect the Rongali Bihu, the major festival of the state, several parties said on Wednesday.