Kati Bihu, which marks the beginning of the harvest season, is one of the three major festivals of the Assamese people, along with Bhogali Bihu and Rongali Bihu. The festival is held on the first day of the Assamese festival month of Kati and is usually held in the middle of October.
Kati Bihu, also referred to as Kongali Bihu. The third Bihu festival, the Kati Bihu, is also known as the Kangali Bihu — from ‘kangali,’ which means ‘poor’ — because by this time of year, an ordinary family’s stock is usually depleted before the next harvest.
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It is observed on October 18 this year. The festival commemorates the relocation of the rice crop and the start of the new harvest season. Kati Bihu is a reflection on service, penance, and hope for a better future.
They light clay lamps outside their homes and decorate the holy basil plant with lights and garlands on this auspicious day. The entire state celebrates Kati Bihu with great sincerity. It is one of India’s few unique festivals that transcends religion, social status, and caste, as people from all walks of life gather to commemorate the solemnity of their circumstances.
অসমৰ সমাজ জীৱনৰ এক অবিচ্ছেদ্য অংগ কাতি বিহুৰ এই পৱিত্ৰ ক্ষণত অসমবাসীৰ মংগল কামনাৰে ভগৱন্তৰ ওচৰত প্ৰাৰ্থনা জনালোঁ। তুলসী তলৰ বন্তিগছিৰ আলোকেৰে আলোকিত হওক সকলোৰে জীৱন। pic.twitter.com/qxivyMurHj
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People light lamps outside their homes to commemorate the festival. The Tulsi plant is revered, and people pray to Tulsi Mata for a bountiful harvest. The Goddess Lakshmi is also invoked and welcomed into the home.
People light clay lamps outside their homes, and the holy basil plant is adorned with garlands and lights. The burning of the lamps dates back to ancient celebrations when the lanterns on the paddy field attracted insects and served as a natural insecticide. Traditional lamps,’saaki,’ are placed on the tops of bamboo sticks to guide the ancestor’s home.
Kati Bihu 2022: Wishes and Greetings
– On the auspicious occasion of Kati Bihu, may your future be filled with love and luck. May all of your wishes come true.
– As we light the lamps outside our homes, may your life be filled with new dreams and accomplishments. Warm Wishes.
– On the occasion of Kati Bihu, I pray for the growth and prosperity of all. Have a wonderful day.
– Let us greet the new harvest season with joy and prayer!