“At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience”
We all know that India is fillup with so many religion,culture, caste out of that ASSAM is integral state of it where lies the humans of indigenous tribes, culture . since i was born and brought up here but i grew up in bengali community specially where i hardly get to see people of different tribes.This year when i was staying in my hostel at dibrugarh university i found the area surrounded by different cultures of , people such as bengali, bihari, assamese, nepali,islam,miching,bodo and so many.
So, during time of kati bihu I was going for walk in evening i saw outside the homes of people there were earthen lamps lighted up infront of basil plants, old grannies with their troops of family member were singing song,this lighted me up to something thats intresting.I stand for while and stare at them for second i was confuse whats is all about because i have no knowledge about kati bihu celebration unlike magh and rongali bihu because of its meriment in grand way. There were 8 houses in parallel so among them one of house member saw me that i was peeping them so they call me to join them i was delighted and excited to know about this. I asked one of old member who was siting in chair “whats this” though its silly to ask even though i stay at same region but she sweetly replied me “its kati bihu which falls in mid of october where folks of assamese culture pray, light earthen lamps in front of basil plant in courtyard to have rich harvest and wealth as during this season there is no harvest and whole environment lies in solemnity and of less merriment”.They served me green tea, a bowl of jaggery, curd,komal rice(saul),flatenned rice,puffed rice,even semolina all were mixed up into delicious cuisine.i.e JOLPAN. A hand with such delicious food and on other hand i had bunch of information to talk the combination was making me more higher and higher to know about assamese cuisine and even i had also said about mine i.e bengali community what they do during kali puja,we pray to goddess kali in open pavillions or in temporary shrines ,light earthen lamps and then we over our conversation and i step back to my hostel
Its a great feeling i had that evening a feeling of togetherness,traditional exchange,meaningful experience.So i had message that even though its late to know for me about the place,culture i been there so long and i am feeling guilty for lazineess that supressed my mind that didn't allow to know such cultural juxtapose. Its really worthy to know little things that gives you sense of new bond and love that i had with that lady.I also mean that come out of your abode and explore the cultural entities and feel the joy of oness of being ethinic.
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CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN JOURNALISM AND MASSCOMMUNICATION