Assamese boys enthusiastically and energetically play their instruments
during Bahag Bihu, the spring festival. One clashes
cymbals, another beats a drum, a third blows a buffalo horn, and
the fourth claps and sings. Originating as a peasant tradition,
Bihu is a joyous celebration of nature through
song and dance. Throughout the state, small troupes of local celebrants
dance down the road, stopping house to house to sing, play music
and dance. In appreciation of the entertainment, tea and sweetmeats
are usually offered to the performers. Bihus
are the most important and popular festivals in Assam, signaling
the harvest and marking the advent of spring and autumn.
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