KOKRAJHAR: Rongjali Bwisagu/Rongali Bihu is celebrated across BTR with much enthusiasm. The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) on Thursday celebrated open Bwisagu at Government HS & MP School playground with colourful programmes. Cultural troupes from various parts of the district took part in the Bwisagu extravageza. Bwisagu competition was also held.
As part of the programne, the president of the ABSU, Dipen Boro hoisted the organizational flag while retired Headmaster of Simbargaon High School, Bibeka Nanda Narzary hoisted the flag of peace. Former Rajya Sabha MP UG Brahma, EMs of BTR and local intellectuals released pigeon for peace.
In his message, the president of the ABSU, Dipen Boro said that Bwisagu was the national festival of the Bodos and other ethnic communities of Assam that upheld peace and brotherhood over the ages. He said that the region had witnessed chaotic situation in the past but peaceful atmosphere had returned. He called upon all to maintain peace and brotherhood in the region.
Participating in the open Bwisagu, the chief of BTC, Pramod Boro said, "All communities want to live in peace. The BTC region witnessed violence, communal clashes and militancy problems in the past. After BTR accord, peace has prevailed in the region," he said, adding that the new council government had initiated to ensure peace among all sections of people and Kokrajhar town had been declared as 'City of peace' where all people would be able to live in peace.
In the open Bwisagu celebration, the youngers took blessings from the elders and the older people were honoured with traditional Aronai followed by open Bwisagu traditional dance participated by people from all walks of life.
The Bwisagu is being celebrated in every village in a colourful manner. The locally prepared rice juice called 'Jou Bidwi', which is very popular among the Bodo tribes, is served in every house. The villagers visit each other and take blessings from elders. Some stage programmes have been organized in different places where noted Bodo singers and artistes have been invited.