Traditional fervour and gaiety mark Busu celebration in Dima Hasao
Haflong: Busu or Bishu, one of the major festivals of the Dimasas, is being celebrated throughout the district of Dima Hasao with great enthusiasm and traditional fervour from January 27.
At Haflong, villages like Gahamphai, Digrik and Sambudhan Raji organized the Busu festival on January 27. At Maibang, the Jidab Busu was celebrated at Damadi Hawar with traditional fervour from January 27 to January 29 under the supervision of J L Jidung, gaon bura of Damadi Hawar village. All the villagers of Damadi Hawar participated in the celebration and performed all the rituals related to the Busu. The villagers also felicitated the visiting journalists with traditional ‘risha’ as a mark of love and respect. They also organized traditional games and sports and dance competitions top encourage the youths in maintaining the tradition and culture.
On January 28, the Greater Maibang central Busu was organized at Dishru Sports Complex Mabang, where State Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Naba Kumar Doley attended as the chief guest. Chief Executive Member of N C Hills Autonomous Council, Debolal Gorlosa, chairperson Ranu Langthasa, Executive Members, Nipolal Hojai, Biswajit Daulagupu and Golonjo Thaosen, Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa and other dignitaries were also present.
Minister Doley said that he was mesmerized to see Busu being celebrated by the Dimasa people by maintaining the age-old tradition and culture without any distortion. He also assured that the Assam Government led by Sarbananda Sonowal was committed to preserve and protect the tradition and culture of all the communities living in Assam. In his message to the youths in particular, he said that the youths of each community should come forward to maintain, preserve and protect their respective rich tradition and culture.
The Busu is one of most important and biggest festivals celebrated by the Dimasa people. ‘Busu’ means the festival of eating newly-grown autumnal rice and so it can be considered as the harvesting festival too, which mirrors the rich culture and tradition of the Dimasa community.