List of 9 famous and colorful festivals of Assam

The unique culture and colorful heritage of Assam is reflected in the various beautiful festivals celebrated in its homeland. You can say that Assam is a land of festivals and fairs. The amazing array of festivals and fairs celebrated in Assam is an exceptionally exciting, fun, vibrant and spectacular experience.

During festivals in Assam, various local tribes pay tribute to their culture and customs in their unique and beautiful ways. To experience the vibrant, colorful and spectacular festivals of Assam, make your trip to Assam top of the list.

Festival celebrations in Assam are very popular all over the world. People of Assam celebrate their happiness in these festivals of Assam. Here is a list of popular festivals of Assam.

The fairs and festivals of Assam are a beautiful reflection of the life of the state. Indeed, the people of Assam are jovial who miss no opportunity to celebrate. Therefore, it is not surprising to see Assam’s festival calendar packed with various fairs and festivals that attract visitors from all over India and international destinations.

From annual fairs like the Ambubachi Mela to the Rongali Bihu festival, Assam has many popular festivals. Moreover, Assam is a melting pot of different races and cultures and further adds to its charm. So it goes without saying that the festivals of Assam have their roots in various faiths and beliefs.

For centuries, the local people have celebrated all the major fairs and festivals of Assam with equal fervor and enthusiasm. The fairs and festivals of Assam reflect the spirit of unity so well that one is often mesmerized. 

So, if you time your visit right, you can really be a part of some of the most famous fairs and festivals of Assam.

Apart from the regional festivals, the people of Assam also celebrate all the national festivals of India. From the lights of Diwali to the patriotic colors of Independence Day, you can see them all in Assam, India. 

So the next time you travel to Assam, time your visit to be a part of some of its most colorful Assam festivals. 

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1. Bihu Festivals

Bihu is the most important festival of Assam which unites people of all religion, creed, gender or caste without any discrimination. The festival is dedicated to agriculture. The people of Assam show their gratitude by offering their first crop to the Supreme Lord Brai Shibari locally known as Father Shibari.

Three Bihu festivals are celebrated in Assam  Rongali Bihu (Bohag Bihu), Magh Bihu (Bhogali Bihu) and Katti Bihu (Kongali Bihu). Rongali Bihu is observed in April, Katti Bihu is observed in October and Magh Bihu is observed in January. 

Rongali Bihu festival in Assam starts in early April and lasts for a whole month. Festivals with high spiritual values ​​can be observed throughout Assam throughout the month. This is the best opportunity to know the Assamese culture and lifestyle.

Rangoli festival, buffalo fight and traditional jewelry exhibitions organized by the tourism department are the top attractions of all the three Bihu festivals.

2. Ambubachi festival

The Ambubachi Mela is organized around the Kamakhya Devi Temple in Guwahati. Ambubachi festival in Assam is organized every year during monsoon. 

Kamakhya Devi Temple is completely closed for three days every year. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle on the first three days of the festival and bleeds from her body.

During this the spiritual power of the Shaktipeeth increases. Hence, there is a gathering of religious people and seekers from different parts of the country. They meditate while staying in nearby caves. 

During this festival many tantrics come from all over to show off their powers and tricks. Here is a unique expression of culture so you must visit this festival.

3. Majuli festival

Majuli is a beautiful river island situated amidst the mighty Brahmaputra. If you have been a part of Majuli Festival then you already know how fun and beautiful these festivals are. 

Different ethnic and cultural groups come together to showcase the stunning beauty of their customs and beliefs. Various cultural activities are organized from different parts of the country.

In this festival, many artists present their wonderful works of art. I can confidently say that the events of this festival will win your heart.

4. Dehing Patkai Festival

Dehing Patkai festivals add cultural beauty to Assam. This festival is organized by the Government of Assam in the month of January in Tinsukia district. Assam hosts various cultural and adventure sports such as kayaking, parasailing and vike angling that attract people from all over India.

This festival is not only celebrated for fun but also contributes a lot in creating awareness among people to save elephants. 

The government wants to make people aware about this festival so that the forest cover does not decrease continuously. People participating in this festival can enjoy delicious food, cultural activities and colorful programs.

5. Assam Tea Festival

Assam has a unique place in tea production, therefore, for this reason, tea festivals are celebrated to promote tea production. 

Assam has achieved a special position by producing very good quality tea. Assam produces a variety of teas such as white tea, black tea, and green tea that are famous all over the world.

6. Ras Leela in Majuli

Ras Leela festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day in October-November. It is unknown when the Rasalila festival first started. In the Ras Lila festival, the story of Lord Krishna is portrayed on stage by local people. This festival has a great impact on the life and culture of the people of Majuli

7. Baishagu festival

Baishagu is a famous festival celebrated in Assam. This festival is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm all over North-East India. 

This festival is especially celebrated by the Boro Kachari tribe of Assam. Baishagu has many procedures for celebration. On the first day of the festival, the Boros tribe of Assam worships the cow.

In this festival children honor their parents by bowing their heads. On the next day Boro worships Lord Shiva. After this, everyone participates in the famous dance of Assam called Baishagu dance.

8. Me-dam-me-fee

Mi-Dam-Mi-Phi is an Ahom festival celebrated by the Ahom people in Assam. This festival is the most important ancestor worship in Assam which is celebrated every year on January 31 to commemorate those who have departed from this life. It is a festival to honor deceased ancestors and remember their contribution to society.

9. Karam Puja

Karam Puja is a harvest festival celebrated in many Indian states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. In this festival, people worship Karam-Devata (Karam-Bhagwan/God) who is the god of strength, youth and youth.

The festival is celebrated on the 11th day of Purnima (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Bhadra, which falls between August and September.

So, these are the most colorful festivals that are celebrated in Assam. If you are heading to Assam or planning a trip to Assam, you should check this list and match your timing with any of these festivals. These festivals are a must see in Assam.

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