LAKHIMPUR: Disseminating the message of harmony and solidarity, Phaat Bihu, the unique convergence of the ethnic cultures in Dhakuakhana sub-division of Lakhimpur district kicked off on Friday amidst enthusiasm and festive environment. The festival, which is the symbol of cultural identity and self-esteem of the people of Dhakuakhana, has been celebrated at the permanent Phaat Bihu venue (Phat Bihu Bakori) at Mohghuli Chapori on the bank of the river Charikoria like the previous years with a three-day long programme till May 12.
It is noteworthy that the folk cultures of various ethnic communities of the State are showcased in the programmes of Phaat Bihu which has been celebrated since the regime of the Ahom dynasty in Assam. The festival began with the unfurling of Phaat Bihu flag by the Phaat Bihu Samiti president Pradip Chamuah. Celebration Committee president Manika Patir rendered the smriti tarpan event by paying floral tribute to the martyrs.
Dr. Girin Gogoi, the retired principal of Dhakuakhana College inaugurated the open stage. The agenda of the first day was followed by a competition event on Taka Bihu. It was inaugurated by Dhemaji based Bihuwoti Nilakshi Dihingia Das. Then another competition event on Husari performance by teenaged boys was held and it was inaugurated by Pabitra Medhi, the Accountant in-charge of Majuli Treasury Office.
Plantation of the orchid Kapauphul and other plants, competitions on gamocha and Husari performed by aged people, ethnic tribes and communities, the release of Phaat Bihu publication ‘Bihuwan’ will be held on Saturday as a parts of second day programmes.
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