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Bihu 2018 – Magha Bihu or Bhogali 2018 date - Uruka and Bhogali Bihu in Assam

Bhogali Bihu, or Magha Bihu, is the harvest festival of Assam and is observed in the Assamese month of Magh (January). Magh Bihu 2018 date is January 14. ‘Bhogali’ means ‘feasting’ in Assamese and is a two-day festival and dedicated to Lord Agni, the Hindu fire god. Uruka is the first day of the Bhogali Bihu festival and it is on January 13, 2018.

Uruka

On the first day of the Bhogali Bihu festival, known as Uruka, young men construct ‘mejis’ or ‘bhelaghars’ with bamboo and wood pieces in farmland or open spaces. A community feast is held on the Uruka night, which includes fish delicacies.

Magha Bihu or Bhogali

The next day is the Makar Sankranti day, which is the Magh Bihu day, and the ‘meji’ is lit and a lavish feast is held. The ashes of the meji are scattered on the farmlands to increase fertility.

Magh Bihu is observed on the first day of the Magh month of Assamese calendar.

On Magh Bihu day, people visit their relatives and share Assamese food like pithas (sweet rice cake), chira (rice flakes), chunga pitha (rice cake in bamboo tubes), and different types of other sweets.

Buffalo fights are organized during Bhogali Bihu in rural Assam.

Three Bihu in a Year

There are three Bihu in an Assamese calendar year. The most important Bihu is the Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu and it is on April 15, 2018.

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