Assam the land of different tribes and it is one of the largest states of North East India and the place has many things to offer. Assam is also known as the land of blue hills, green valley and red rivers. It is also a home for 0ne horn Rhino. Assam has a number of tribes with a number of festivals. Here are few festivals listed below:
Ali-Aye-Ligang: This festival initiating cultivation is celebrated in February-March by the Mishing tribe. Fish is a must for the fetching though fishing and other activities such as felling, ploughing and burning forests are considered taboo. The festival also entails dancing by the youth.
Rongker & Chomangkan: Rongker is the Karbi tribal springtime festival celebrated to keep diseases, natural calamities away and pray for good harvest. Chomangkan is an elaborate death ceremony without fixed time.
Me-Dum-Me-Phi: Colorful processions in traditional finery mark this Ahom festival performed annually on January 31 to worship Chao Phi or ancestors. The worship is offered through an octagonal Ho-Phi, constructed temporarily with bamboo sticks and thatch.
Shivaratri: Shiva has a very strong presence in Assam, so much so that a district- Sivasagar - carries His name. Maha Shivaratri, held annually on the 13th night of Magh (month in the Hindu calendar), is thus among the biggest festivals in the state, almost matching Bihu and Durga Puja in terms of participation.
Ambubachi Mela: The most important annual festival at Kamakhya Temple during monsoon (mid-June), it is marked by Tantric rites. The festival coincides with the annual cycle of menstruation that Mother Shakti is believed to undergo. The fair is on the final day when the temple doors reopen after three days.
Jonbeel Mela: Observed from the first Wednesday after Magh or Bhogali Bihu, this age-old fair is held beside a beel or wetland at Jagiroad, 65km east of Guwahati. Presided over by a Tiwa tribal king, the fair is a convergence of diverse communities often carrying out barter trade. It is the place to be for exotic herbs and edibles.
Tea festival: Organized in November, this festival entails visits to Guwahati Tea Auction Center, tea estates, golfing and river cruises. It also showcases Jhumur dance of the Adivasi tea plantation workers and their exotic festivals such as Tusu Puja and Karam Puja.
How to reach Assam
The nearest airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport of Guwahati, Assam and the nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station. From both the airport and the railway station you have to take a reserved cab or other public transportations to reach the town.
Best time to visit Assam
The best time to visit Guwahati is throughout the year.
Assam tour packages
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