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5 Reasons Why Assam Misses Mukoli Bihu

Brishti Sonowal
Intern, Bordoisila

19th April, 2016

Bohag brings the times of happiness and merriment to our entire Assam. And Bohag Bihu is like the lifeline of the state. Along with the spring season, it is also the time of celebrating our age old traditions. But in this mechanical age, the true meaning of Bohag is somewhere lost. These days the traditional axomiya food like pithas and larus are brought from the nearest departmental stores rather than made at home. And the bihu has become more about the singers performing at the functions. And among all these, our Mukoli Bihus which are performed in the open wide clear fields and grounds are waning year after year. So with a view to enlightening Mukoli Bihu to our generation, here I bring you the 5 reasons that justify the essence of Mukoli Bihu and Why Assam misses it so much :

1.Mukoli Bihu brings us closer to the nature.

Dancing bare feet in the open field under the clear blue sky and the shades of the oldest and the biggest tree (mostly the Aahat tree or Mango tree) matching your movements to the beats of the dhol and the sweet tune of pepa is just surreal! Isn’t it?

2.The Mukoli Bihus are the perfect occasion where the axomiya deka gabhorus get a chance to openly flirt with their sweetheart.

The deka loras try to swoon their beloved and call out “O Dehi oi” or “O Aajoi” until the beautiful ajoli suwalis cannot control their nasoni mons and come out to match their steps to the beats of the dhol.

3.The Bihu khels in the open is always a treat to the eyes.

The traditional bihu games like koni-jujh (egg-fight),kori-khel (shell-games),tekeli-bhanga (pot-breaking) etc. keep the konmani hokols(lil-ones) busy for the whole day. And also make the adult hearts filled with joy.

4.The Bihu jamming sessions under the open sky were such delightful days.

Akhomiya Gabharu-“Maa,moi jau.”


Akhomiya Gabharu-“Bihu maribole!”

And you and your friends, dressed in traditional khati axomiya style-muga mekhela sador for girls and dhoti gamosa for boys, setting out for the daylong rehearsals, gives you the raw Assamese feel.

5.It brings out the brotherhood and unity of the Axomiya people.

From men bathing their cows together in the village pond and women preparing lip smacking traditional axomiya khana with each other’s help to gathering in the open field under the big tree and lunching “bhaat and 101 xakhs” while kuli-ketiki sings in the background, Mukoli bihu brings out the true essence of our community and binds each and everyone together.

So guys,go out in the open,listen to the maat of kuli,follow the beats of your heart and dance on and on and on. To sum it up, relive and experience the true flavours of Rongali Bihu through Mukoli Bihu.

“Eibeli bihute romak oi

jamak oi

nahar phul phulibo batar

Nahar phul gondho pai

lahorir tat nai

gasaki bhangile jatar”

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