Magh Bihu || People invoking the God - 'Jay Ram bola' 'Joy Hari bola’ before burning the ‘Meji’

The Northeast Dialogue


Magh Bihu, also known as Bhogali Bihu, holds agricultural and social significance as it is time to celebrate new yield and renew ties of friendship and brotherhood. The festival has its roots in the agricultural traditions of Assam and falls in the month of Magh, which falls in January. It marks the end of the harvesting season. During the Magh Bihu festival, people offer prayers to Lord Agni Devta for well-being and express their gratitude to the Lord for a bountiful harvest. They gather with their friends and family to feast on the new yield, engage in traditional activities, prepare traditional Assamese food and sweets, build a makeshift cottage called Bhelaghar, and build Meji, which are burned as a sign of the triumph of light over darkness. Magh Bihu is a time to rejoice in the good fortune bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. The people addresses god in this way – 'Jay ram bola' 'Joy hari bola‟ before burning the Meji.


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