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Kati Bihu or Kangali Bihu

Kati Bihu, also known as Kangali Bihu, is a festival observed in Assam and is also known as the poor man’s Bihu. Kati Bihu is observed on the last day of Ashwin Month. In 2019, Kati Bihu is on October 17. Kati Bihu takes its name from the Kartik month which starts from the next day.

It is the time of when the agricultural crops especially the paddy begins to grown. It is known as Poor Man’s Bihu because there is little to eat during the period.

On the day of Kati Bihu, special prayers and offerings are made to Tulsi plant. Earthen lamps or diyas are lit near the Tulsi plant. Prayers are made for improved yields of crops. In some regions, the lamps are lit for an entire month (the Kartik month).

Farmers on the day hung lights from bamboo poles, known as Akash Banti or Sky Lamp, in their farm to keep out pests and other insects.