5 Interesting Things You Must Know About Assam
Known mainly for being home to the precious one-horned rhinoceros at Kaziranga, the beautiful state of Assam stands as much more than just this! We decided to throw some light upon Assam on this auspicious occassion of Bihu. Here are 5 interesting things about Assam, we think you must know…
1. Assam has a State Anthem!
The anthem has been composed by Lakshminath Bezbaroa and goes like this — ‘O Mur Apunar Dex’ (O my endearing motherland). It was officially adopted as the anthem of the State in 1927 at a conference in Tezpur.
2. Celebration of Cultures
Assam is home to several Bengalis, Marwaris, Biharis, etc. Every street is peppered with chat wallahs and mithai wallahs, predominantly run by people from Bihar.
3. Assam has Three Different Types of Bihu Celebrations
Bihu is the state festival of Assam. But instead of coming once a year, it comes thrice! They have the Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu (mid-April), Maagh (mid- January) and the Kaati Bihu (in the month of October).
4. Jonbeel Mela
This three-day fest takes place 30 kms away from Guwahati. It is unique as it revives the dead and gone concept of ‘barter system’ and agricultural produce and native products are exchanged.
5. All Kinds of Food Available Here!
With their own native specialties of pitha ladu, bamboo shoot-infused duck, pigeon dishes and rice beer, Assam has fantastic options to silence the naysayers about the only food in Assam being ‘rice with anything’.
Here’s wishing you a very Happy Bihu! May you find your life partner this New Year!