Calendar of Festivals

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Sl.No. Festival Time Write up Photo

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Rabha Hajong Chandubi Festival

January

Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council organises the Chandubi Festival, which is held on the bank of ChandubiBeel in Kamrup every year. Rabha and Hajong are main communities of the region. They showcase their ethnic culture in the festival.

RabhaHajongChandubi

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Junbeel Mela

January

From 15thCentaury AD, the JunbeelMela is organised at DayangBeguri at Jonbeel. JunbeelMela is one of the most attractive unique festivals of Assam. It is the only fair in India where barter system is alive.

JunbeelMela

3

Me-dam-me-phi

January

Me-dam-me-phi is celebrated by the Ahom people on 31 January every year in memory of the departed. It is the manifestation of the concept of ancestor worship that the Ahoms share with other peoples originating from the Tai-Shan stock. It is a festival to show respect to the departed ancestors and remember their contribution to society.

Me-dam-me-phi

4

Karbi Youth Festival

February

Karbi Cultural Society organises Karbi Youth Festival at Diphu every year, where showcases Karbi ethnic culture.

KarbiYouth%20

5

Ali-Aye-Lrigang, Dhemaji

February-March

It is the main festival of the ethnic Mishing Community of the region, in which they perform traditional rituals and dances. This festival is celebrated on the first Wednesday of the Phagun month, which starts from mid-February.

Ali-Aye-Lrigang

6

Aajan Pir Dargah, Sibsagar, Urus

February

22 Km away from the Sivasagar at SaraguriChapori on the river Dikhow. AjanPir was the first Muslim saint to compose "Zikir"(a completely unique genre of religious songs) in Assamese Language (160 Nos. Approx.). On the day of the "URUS" thousands of devotees gather here to pay homage to the memories of this great Muslim reformer.

AajanPirDargah

7

Maha Shiva Ratri, Sibasagar

February-March

Every year, during the Mahashivaratri, a huge mela (fair) is organized in the Shiva temple and pilgrims visit from all parts of India to offer puja.

Maha-Shiva-Ratri

8

Dol Utsav, Barpeta

March

Doul festival is a famous festival in India. Apart from the rest of the country it is also a colourfully celebrated by the people of Assam, specially it is the tremendous occasion for the people of Barpeta.During the "doulutsava" the hearts of Barpetians are overwhelmed with festivity and joy. It is a festival of colour and happiness. Doul festival is a great source of happiness among the people of Barpeta. During this festival the people of Barpeta forget their sorrows and agonies and celebrate this festival with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm. Doulutsava is also called 'holi' or 'Fakuwa'. In the month of "phagun" and "Chot" the spring comes, the world is filled with the green leaves of the trees, the flowers bloom, birds used to sin sweet songs, the gentle wind blows with fragrance and everything of this world changed into a different one. And it this sweet moment when DoulUtsava of Barpeta celebrated.

Dolutsav

9

Rongali Bihu Utsav, Guwahati

April

Rongali Bihu utsav is the spring festival of Assam celebrated with great fervour. It is related to season and agriculture.

ranglaibihu

10

Sanken Festival

April

The Sanken or Sangkran festival is celebrated in the Bansai Buddhist village of Balipathar, Bokajan, with the fanfare and gaiety from 14th of April to 17th of April parallay with other parts of Assam.The main festivals of the festivals are washing of Lord Buddha statue with pure water, beating of traditional drums, group dances and songs, community feast, sprinkiling of water by boys and girls, collection of water by boys and girls from river and ponds in groups, prayers, washing of pepal tree, exchange of gifts etc.

Sanken

11

Bohaggiyo Bishu

April

The most fascinating spring festival of the Deories. The Deoris are one of the four divisions of Chutiyas, which are believed to have been members of the Bodos. Like other spring time festival BohaggiyoBishu is also observed during mid-April at a stretch for seven day with unrestricted joy and merry making. The Deodhoni dance forms the most important significant part of the festival.

Bohaggiyobishu

12

Buddha Purnima (Poi-Nun-Hok) at Namphake village

May

Buddha Purnima is also a major festival of the Tai Phake community. It marks the birthday of Lord Gautama Buddha. On this day the people gather together in the Buddhist Monastery and offer prayers to the God. This is followed by a feast. Generally this festival falls in the month of May.

buddhapurnima

13

Ambubasi Mela

June

Maa Kamakhya Devi temple is one of the Shakti Peeth of Goddess Durga. The AmbubasiMela is annually celebrated during the monsoon season to menstruation course of Goddess Kamakhya.

ambubachimela

14

Bathow Puja, BTAD

July-August

Bathow Puja is an important religious festival of the Bodo-Kacharies of Assam, India. In this festival, the people worship a god known by different names like GilaDamra, KhuriaBwrai, Sri Brai (Shibbwrai), BathowBwrai etc. Some identify this god with the Hindu god Lord Shiva. The different forms of this festival are-Garja, Kherai and Marai. Among these festivals Kherai is the most significant.

bathowpuja

15

Karam Puja

August – September

Karam is the worship of Karam, the god of power, and youthfulness. The Karam festival is an agricultural festival celebrated by different tea tribes of Assam.

karampuja

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Durga Puja, Barak Valley

September – October

Durga puja is celebrated in Barak valley along with the other parts of India. As the valley is dominated by Bangali speaking people, Durga Puja here is celebrated as the main festival of the region.

durgapuja

17

Felcon Festival Umrangsu

October-November

Blue Hills Society organises every year the Felcon festival at Umrangso town, a hilly place of West KarbiAnglong. Karbi, Dimasa and other tribal groups of the region showcase their ethnic culture in the festival

felconfestival

18

Rass Mahutsav, Majuli

October-November

The Raas Lila is an annual festival being performed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the months of October-November (Kati- Aghun) during the autumn season. It is not known for certain in which Sattra Rasa Lila was first introduced in Majuli as a performing festival. During this festival the Sattras draw a large number of people.

RassMahutsavmajuli

19

Rass Mahutsav, Nalbari

November

Raax festival is celebrated in Nalbari with much pomp and grandeur during November. Not only has the festival become a part and parcel of Nalbari, it has got intertwined with its socio cultural life. In fact, this celebration is associated with the RaaxLeela of Lord Krishna with his 'Gopis'. It is said that the bewitching autumn moon accompanied by gentle breeze wafting through made Lord Krishna pick up his flute.

RassMahutsavnalbari

20

Assam Tea Festival Jorhat

November

Tea Festival is held every year, during the winter season i.e. between the month of November and January. The festival comes across as an exquisite blend of pleasure and work.Assam Tea Festival also brings along the time to enjoy some golfing in the 'Jorhat Gymkhana', which is the world's third oldest golf-club that is still in use. While in Assam, for the festival, a visit to the biggest tea auction center in Guwahati is a must. The Assamese people are known for their hospitable nature and this is best revealed during the festive time. Amidst fun and gaiety, the days of the festival are spent by the locals and the tourists alike, leaving behind a host of sweet memories in the sands of time, to be cherished for days to come.

assamteafestival

21

Judima Festival, Haflong

December

The theme of the festival is held onmid of December every year, which is centered on preservation, promotion and nurturing of ethnic culture, music, dance, craft and folk art of Dimasatribals living in Dima Hasao district.

judimafestival

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Martyrdom of Guru TeghBahadur at Dhubri

December

Gurdwara Sri Guru teghBahadur Sahib is the Gurdwaraof Sikhs in Dhubri town on the bank of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. The first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, visited this place in 1505 AD and met SrimantaSankardeva on his way when he travelled from Dhaka to Assam. Later, the 9th Guru TegBahadur came to this place and established this Gurdwara during the 17thcentury. More than 50,000 Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and all faiths devotees from all over the country and the world assemble in this historic shrine every year in December to mark the martyrdom of Guru TeghBahadur. The festival starts on 3rd of December with great solemnity and ceremony. Sikhs call this festival Sahidee-Guru-Parav.

Martyrdom

23

Dehing Patkai Festival

December

The Dehing Patkai Festival is a once-a-year festival held at Lekhapani in Tinsukia district of Assam. The festival is named after the majestic Patkai range and the mischievous Dehing River.The festival incorporates tribal fairs, tea heritage tours, golfing, adventure sports, and wildlife pleasure trip. Another attraction of the festival is that it offers a trip to the 2nd World War cemeteries. It also arranges for a trip to the Stilwell Road, which was once the passage to the golden land of Myanmar. Visitors can choose to go for an elephant safari and take a path into the wildness. Food Festival, Craft Fair, and Cultural Functions are also held during these days for the visitors. The Festival offers a wide range of adventure sports like angling, kayaking and parasailing. Trips to the Tea Gardens and the Digboi oil field are also a part of the festival.

Dehingpatkai

24

Bare SahariaBhaona

Once in every 5 years

Bhaona is like drama what is a traditional form of entertainment among Assamese peoples. In Jamuguri, Sonitpur district organised Bare SahariaBhaona which is a unique form of Bhona. It has been celebrated more than 200 years. This main attraction of this Bhaona is –During the festival, more than 20 Bhonas are played simultaneously in different stages under the same roof. This Bare SaharaiaBhaona is celebrated once in every five years.

Baresahariabhaona

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