Prime Minister Narendra Modi extends warm wishes on Kati Bihu, a festival of unity and harvest in Assam. The Assamese people celebrate with prayers, traditional dances, and gratitude for agriculture’s significance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Extends Warm Wishes on the Auspicious Occasion of Kati Bihu
New Delhi – Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has conveyed his heartfelt greetings to the people of Assam on the joyous occasion of Kati Bihu. In a message posted on social media, the Prime Minister shared his best wishes for this special day, emphasizing the significance of the festival in the lives of the Assamese people.
“কাতি বিহু উপলক্ষে সমূহ অসমবাসীলৈ মোৰ হিয়াভৰা শুভেচ্ছা জ্ঞাপন কৰিছো। এই উৎসৱে পথাৰসমূহ প্ৰচুৰ শস্যৰে ভৰাই তোলক আৰু সকলোৰে জীৱন সমৃদ্ধ আৰু আনন্দময় কৰি তোলক।”Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi..!!
Kati Bihu, also known as Kongali Bihu, is a significant cultural and agricultural festival observed in Assam. This year, Kati Bihu falls on October 18th, marking the commencement of the rice crop’s growth and the start of a promising harvest season.
The festival commences with the ritualistic washing and placement of the sacred Tulsi plant on an earthen platform called “Tulsi Bheti.” Families offer prayers and make offerings to Goddess Tulsi, seeking her blessings for the prosperity and success of their harvest. Throughout the month of Kati, lamps and candles illuminate households, particularly near the revered Tulsi plant, creating a spiritual and vibrant atmosphere.
Kati Bihu, in essence, is a time for reflection and remembrance of the past year. It symbolizes the beginning of the sowing season in Assam, and the empty granaries and flourishing paddy fields serve as reminders of the scarcity during this time, earning it the nickname “Poor” or “Kongali.”
This festival is an integral part of Assamese culture, celebrating the significance of the harvest and connecting people with their agricultural roots. Traditions associated with Kati Bihu include the preparation of special meals, the exchange of traditional “gamosa” towels, and the performance of the Bihu dance, which symbolizes unity and community spirit even during challenging times.
On Kati Bihu, Assamese families light traditional clay lamps in honor of Goddess Tulsi, signifying hope, manifestation, and the well-being of their loved ones. It’s also an excellent opportunity to engage in the vibrant Bihu dance, not only as a cultural expression but also as a form of exercise that celebrates the resilience and unity of the Assamese community.
As Kati Bihu 2023 approaches, it serves as a reminder of the deep-rooted traditions and values cherished by the people of Assam and their enduring connection to the land they cultivate. The prayers offered during this festival are a testament to the hopes and aspirations for a bountiful harvest and a prosperous future.
Kati Bihu is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm throughout Assam, bringing families and communities together. The festival’s essence lies in the unity it fosters and the gratitude it inspires for the agricultural abundance that sustains the region.
One of the most cherished traditions during Kati Bihu is the offering of prayers before meals. It’s a moment of reflection and thanksgiving, a reminder to express gratitude for the food on one’s plate and the hardworking farmers who make it possible. These prayers carry the collective hopes and blessings of the people for a fruitful harvest season.
As the nation joins in celebrating Kati Bihu on October 18, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warm wishes echo the sentiments of unity and hope that this festival embodies. The Assamese people, bound by tradition and strengthened by their connection to the land, come together to mark the beginning of the sowing season and the promise of a bountiful harvest.
Kati Bihu, with its rich cultural heritage and deep-rooted traditions, is not just a festival; it is a celebration of Assam’s spirit and resilience. It is a reminder of the importance of agriculture and the profound impact it has on the lives of the people. In the glow of traditional lamps, the rhythm of Bihu dances, and the aroma of delicious meals, Kati Bihu unites Assamese hearts and underlines the significance of community and gratitude.