Assamese Sankranti celebrated in Maagha
There is an old relationship between the festivals and the agricultural activites. The festival which denotes the end of harvesting in the month of Maagha (the period from January-February) in Assam, India is called as Magh Bihu and people call it with different names like Bhogali Bihu or Maghar Domahi, etc. It is a kind of festival which lasts for a week and it can also be said as the Sankranti festival of Assam. This festival is much known and hence celebrated all over the state with great joy and delight.
There are a few activities done on this day which are the primary identities of the day. These activites are lavish dinners and bonfires where all the friends, families and relative joins together and enjoy the festival. Many of the young people make a temporary substitutes called meji, which are usually made of bamboo, leaves and thatch, they have food in these and later burn them the next morning.
Few other customs that are followed on the festival days are simple and interesting games like pot-breaking and buffalo fighting. People usually wake up early in the morning on the day of festival, take their bath and start the day excitingly upon dressing with new clothes and pujas are performed in every house pleasing the god and goddess. There are lots of food items prepared on this auspicious day, especially sweets. People make cakes of rice which are called with various names such as Shunga pitha, Til Pitha, etc. and few also make other kinds of sweets with coconut called as Laru. This festival is also considered as the identity of the state and it is also promoted by the state of Assam to attract tourists in these days. In many areas this day is observed as a holiday.