January 15, 2011 Off By Editor

As I sit in front of the Meji warming myself and having roasted red sweet potatoes, I was also thinking of the various delicacies that I would be eating all day. The last few days the whole neighbourhood is buzzing with the festive mood. The women preparing various delicacies spreading an aroma all around, the children trying to sneak in some pithas right from the pans, and the men busy planning for Bihu. Most of the people out here are farmers, who also do a day job elsewhere. They were busy cleaning the storage and finishing the harvesting process. The harvesting process is completed by yesterday. So, Bhogali Bihu is a kind of deadline for farmers. Whoever, conceived this might have been genius. I believe all cultures have this system and under various names this day is celebrated.

Yesterday, in the community feast I had been listening to many discussions. One of them was about why we should not leave traditions. One of them made a brilliant point, we cannot ignore a theory that has been going on for thousands of years. It may have been diluted, corrupted but not everything can be ignored. We should try to understand what the original thought was before starting a tradition, but not leave. People were wise even in the olden days, so traditions are only wisdom passed over generations.

Leaving that thought here,

Wishing you all a Happy Bihu,

Pramathesh Borkotoky,
Fried Eye

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