Fairs, Festivals and Dances in Dibrugarh

Bihu is celebrated with great pomp and show in Dibrugarh. Every one, irrespective of his religion, caste or creed participates in Bihu celebrations. No doubt, in one year, there are three Bihu festivals celebrated in Dibrugarh, Assam! These festivals include Rongali, Bhogali and Kangali. Rongali festival or Bohag Bihu is celebrated in the month of April. The green fields, dances on the beats of Dhol and Pepa (buffalo hornpipe), traditional dresses such as Gamocha, Mekhala, Dhoti and Chadar and love songs - all add up to mark the celebration.

Bihu Dance Performed in Dibrugarh

Young boys and girls participate in Bihu dance which involves brisk steps and swaying of hips. Bhogali Bihu or Magh is the harvesting festival celebrated in the month of January. People come together for feasting and witnessing the buffalo fight. Kati Bihu is celebrated during the month of Kartika.

Various workers who have come to work in tea gardens of Dibrugarh from other States like Orissa, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh etc., have brought their distinct culture and traditions here in Assam. While all of them celebrate Bihu, the style of celebrating this festival may differ.

Jumur Nach of the Tea Tribe in Dibrugarh

The beautiful dance developed by tea tribe in Dibrugarh and neighbouring areas includes the 'Chah Baganar Jumur Nach'. Yes, this is the Jumur dance of tea garden performed by tea pickers working in tea gardens here. Boys and girls dance together with precise foot movements, clasping each others waists.

Umbrella dance

Barpeta's Bhortal Nritya in Dibrugarh

Bhortal Nritya has been developed by Narahari Burha Bbakat, Satriya Artist. The dancers carry cymbals while dancing in a group and make interesting formations. This dance is usually performed during festivals in Guwahati and Barpeta.

Other dance forms that can be seen in various parts of Assam include Satriya Nritya, Bodo's Bagurumba, Mishing's Ali Ai Ligang etc.

Dehing Patkai Festival in Dibrugarh

This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Lekhapani, Dehing near Tinsukia. People opt for elephant safari during the celebrations. They enjoy the craft fair, food festival along with many diverse cultural programmes. Well, this is not all! One can choose from adventure sports too such as angling, kayaking etc. Visitors at this festival make it a point to visit tea gardens in Dibrugarh and the Digboi oil field.

Chavang Kut Festival in Dibrugarh

This is an important festival of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo community and is celebrated in the month of November. The festival is celebrated under the aegis of Kuki Student Organization, Dibrugarh. Chavan Kut literally means Autumn festival. One can enjoy Ka-Chin dances performed on traditional songs. These dances depict harvesting of crops and Jhum cultivation, that is, slashes and burn method of cultivation.

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Festivals and Dances of Tai Phake Tribe in Dibrugarh

Tai Phake is a tribe inhabiting Dibrugarh and neighbouring areas. They are also known as 'Phakeyal'. They worship the Buddha and a majority of their population lives in Namphake village near Dibrugarh. Among the Tai Phake, Poi-Chang Ken or the Water Splashing Festival is an important festival and falls every year on 14th April. Buddh Purnima is a significant festival and is known as Poi-Nun-Hok. It denotes the birth, enlightenment and the death of Lord Buddha.

Pai-Kathin festival is celebrated in October/November. During this festival, ‘Kathin’ is donated to a bikshu or monk. Poi-Nen-Chi festival comes in March and prayers are held for peace in this life as well as in the life after death.

You can visit Namphake village and enjoy boating in the river Buridhing and view the beautiful sunset. You must also visit the Pagoda built in 1937, Buddhist monastery, symbolic Ashoka Pillar, Musulinda tank (Nong Mungchiringta), traditional stilt house.

Dances popular in Namphake village are drum dance (Kakong), Welcome dance (Kapan), Umbrella dance (Kachong) and Diamond dance (Ka Feefai).

Tea Festival Celebrated in Dibrugarh

The tea festival is organized by Assam Tourism in November. Holiday packages such as visiting tea gardens and golf fields including river cruises makes this Tea festival one of the sought after festivals. One must also take some time out and visit the Guwahati Tea Auction Center" (GTAC) in Guwahati. It s the largest Tea Auction Centre in India!

Fairs Organized in Dibrugarh

Ambubasi mela is organized in Kamakhya temple, Guwahati. It comprises of tantrik rituals and is organized during menstrual cycle of Goddess Kamakhya. For three days, the temple is closed to devotees and prayers are held at the temple only on the fourth day!

Dibrugarh has a lot to offer you in the name of festivals, fairs and entertainment! Dibrugarh has a rich cultural heritage along with some great tourist destinations. Most importantly, people speak the language of love and peace here! Do visit this beautiful place and experience amalgamation of diverse cultures and traditions in Assamese culture.

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