After a night of feasting, the people of Assam on Friday morning took baths and lit the Meji for the ceremonial welcome of Assamese New Year. People prayed to their ancestral gods for blessings for a good and prosperous year ahead.
The celebration of Magh Bihu is synonymous with feasts and bonfires. The day before Magh Bihu is known as 'Uruka,' the last day of the month of Poush as per the Assamese calendar.
On 'Uruka,' people create makeshift huts called Meji from bamboo, leaves and thatch. The food for the feast is prepared in the Meji with a community gathering. The next morning, the Meji is burned down and the ashes are scattered on the farmlands to increase the fertility of the soil.
After lighting the Meji, people were seen taking blessings of their elders and feasting on Bihu delicacies like laru, pitha, sira doi and lots more. People were also dancing to the tunes of dhol and pepa - traditional Assamese musical instruments.
Magh Bihu is also known as Bhogali Bihu and the word Bhog means eating, referring to the festival where one eats with the community.
But this year, due to the rise in Covid cases, the State government placed some restrictions like the night curfew timings were from 11 pm to 4 am on Thursday.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wished the people of Assam on Twitter on the occasion. He wrote, "Warm wishes to everyone on the festive season of Bhogali Bihu, Tusu Puja, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Suggi, Bhogi, Maghi, Kicheri, Poush Parbon and Uttrain! May the harvest season bring happiness and prosperity to every part of the Nation and enrich the lives of all."
Meanwhile, Assam on Thursday reported 3,238 new Covid cases out of the 41,165 tests done. Kamrup Metro district alone recorded 1,070 new cases and three deaths were reported.