Kati Bihu 2021

Kati Bihu will be celebrated throughout Assam on Monday 18 October 2021.

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About Kati Bihu Festival in Assam

Considered one of the three major Bihu festivals, Kati Bihu marks the time of relocation of rice saplings. The festival is also known as Kongali (Poor) to symbolize an empty granary and less availability of food during that time of the year. Hence, Kati Bihu is not celebrated flamboyantly like the other two Bihu festivals.

Lamps or saaki (candles) is lighted in various places of the house to celebrate this festival. The main lamp is placed in the courtyard where the Tulsi plant is present. The Tulsi plant is cleaned for the festival and is kept on an earthen platform called “Tulsi Bheti.” People make offerings and pray to Goddess Tulsi for the wellbeing of their family and to have a good harvest. This ritual is continued for the entire month of Kati.

People also light a special lamp called “Akash Banti” (Sky candle) in their paddy fields. These lamps are fueled by mustard oil and are kept high on the tip of bamboo poles. People believe that these lighted lamps will guide their ancestors towards heaven. Another goal of lighting these lamps is to draw insects to the flame to kill them in order to protect the crops.

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