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Communities gear up for Rongali Bihu, Baisakhi, Vishu

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 9:20am IST | Agency: dna

  • Women enjoy themselves during the Baisakhi Di Raat celebrations at the Celebration Club in Andheri on Saturday Puneet Chandhok dna

With Rongali Bihu falling on a weekday (Tuesday), not everyone will be able to enjoy and celebrate the festival to the hilt. And that's why the Assamese community in city is making the most of the weekend.

On Saturday evening, a number of them met in Jogeshwari for the traditional Assamese folk dance, music and to share memories of their native place.

Celebrated as the harvest festival in Assam, Rongali Bihu has equivalents in Kerala (Vishu) and Punjab (Baisakhi), all of which will be celebrated on April 14.

"Since most people work on weekdays, we decided to have a celebration on Saturday in Jogeshwari and have planned another one on Sunday in Mira Road," said Dipen Rajkonwar, a Navi Mumbai resident.

He added, "While there will be dance and music, as it's not possible to have delicacies prepared for a large number of people, that will be done at home."

Preparing food, however, will not be a problem when it comes to Baisakhi. Known for their passion for eating, there will be an elaborate langar (community feasting) at Garodia Nagar, which is conducted every year.

"The feast is a mark of the poor and rich having the same status in society," said Manmohan Singh, a member of Sri Guru Singh Sabha that organises the langar and other prayer services in Garodia Nagar. "There will also be some health camps and pravachan (discourses) on Sikhism in Garodia Nagar that will be open to all communities."

Vishu, which too will be celebrated on the same day, will see people get up early to remember god. "We try and make sure that we see god as soon as we open our eyes. They are decorated the previous night.

And if we get the day off (from work), we either stay at home with family or plan a get-together over feast on plantain leaves. As preparing a number of delicacies is not possible, every family prepares one and they all meet," said Suresh Nair, who is planning one such get-together.

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