It’s Uruka again, a day for feasting and celebration across Assam. Various markets of the State witnessed a huge crowd in the early hours of Thursday, especially the fish markets, to take home essentials for the Uruka feast.
The markets were filled with a wide array of fresh fish of various sizes, weighing as heavy as 30 to 40 kg or more.
Hundreds of sellers flaunted their catch in the famous Uzaanbazar market of Guwahati city which is located along the banks of the Brahmaputra.
Chital, Borali, Rou and Bhokua are sold at prices ranging from Rs 400-500 per kg to about Rs 35,000 depending on the size of the fish.
Many Guwahatians were seen shopping two or three days prior to Uruka as the prices skyrocketed on the festive day.
For the day after Uruka, sellers from different districts were also seen camping on the fringes of the fish market with curd/cream and traditional delicacies. Many vegetable sellers brought along ducks for sale, which is another Bihu speciality.
Other areas such as Ganeshguri, Kolongpar and Beltola also witnessed a moderate footfall early in the morning.
It may be mentioned that the Assam government on Tuesday announced to relax the night curfew timings on the night of Uruka. The night curfew will be in force from 11 pm to 4 am on Uruka that is on January 13.