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Rongali or Bohag Bihu: Assam New Year

Rongali Bihu, also known as Bohag Bihu, is the Hindu New Year in Assam. In 2018, Bohag Bihu date is April 15. It is celebrated for three days in April and begins on the last day of the Assamese month ‘Chait.’ The New Year falls on the first day of Bohag month. The first day of the New Year celebrations which falls on the last day of Assamese month ‘Chait’ is known as ‘Goru Bihu’ (the festival of cow). The next day is known as ‘Manuh bihu’ (the festival for the people), the Assamese New Year – Rongali Bihu. The third day of Bihu is known as ‘Gosain bihu (God’s bihu). One gets to see a rejuvenated Mother Nature during Rongali Bihu. The festival is directly related to the changes taking place in nature. Mother Nature replaces her old garb and everything is fresh. Everything is positive and this rekindles the hope of the farming the community.
On the Goru Bihu day, cows which are vital to the agrarian economy and rural life of Assam are given a ritualistic cleansing. Livestock are rubbed…

Mahatma Gandhi on Hinduism

Hinduism is like the Ganga, pure and unsullied at its source but taking in its course the impurities in the way. 
Even like the Ganga it is beneficent in its total effect. It takes a provincial form in every province, but the inner substance is retained everywhere.
Hindu Dharma is like a boundless ocean teeming with priceless gems. The deeper you dive the more treasures you find.
Hinduism is a living organism. One and indivisible at the root, it has grown into a vast tree with innumerable branches. Knowledge is limitless and so also the application of truth. Every day we add to our knowledge of the power of the Atman, and we shall keep on doing ever the same. New experience will teach us new duties, but truth shall ever be the same. Who has ever known it in its entirety?
I think I have understood Hinduism correctly when I say that it is eternal, all-embracing and flexible enough to suit all situations.
If were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: Search after Truth t…