ProMASS: Jan 14, 2017: Along with the rest of the country, Makara Sankranti is being celebrated throughout the northeast today. The day marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path, which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice. Also known as Poush Parban and Bhogali Bihu, the post-harvest festival is marked by the preparation of traditional sweets called ‘pitha’. People take early morning dips in rivers and ponds and then gather around bonfires and take part in community feasts on the joyous occasion.
Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit has greeted the people of the state on the occasion of harvest festival Magh Bihu. In his message, Mr Purohit said Bihu symbolises the spirit of integrity, brotherhood and camaraderie among all,irrespective of caste, creed, religion or language. The festival epitomises the highest example of unity amid diversity, he observed. The Governor appealed the people of the state to strengthen the bond of unity by spreading the message of love and mutual reverence. Mejis are erected with bamboo, dried leaves and hay by youths irrespective of caste, creed and language where they together cook for the feast on Uruka. The next day at dawn, the Mejis are set ablaze amid chanting of prayers marking the end of all evil for a new positive beginning and good