CULTURE - FESTIVALS CELEBRATED IN THE RIVER ISLAND OF MAJULI
Major cultural events of the Majuli are an integral part of the life of the people. Seasonal variations and celebration of festivals are correlated. This has a direct impact on the activities and occupation pattern of people of the Majuli. The Sattras are the major centers where the local people assemble in large numbers for the celebration of festivals. These are the occasions when people get united and perform the rituals along with the Sattradhikar and the bhaktas. These are times when people get spiritually and rejuvenated by following the practices. It gives them a better understanding of the Vaishnavite principles and philosophy.
Another aspect of the celebration of festivals is related to the farming practices. The Sattras give equal importance to these festivals. These are also occasions when the villagers and the Sattradhikar along with the bhaktas come together to celebrate the event.
Hence, the Sattras give equal importance to religious events and farming practices and the same ideology is transmitted to the villagers as well, as they are their followers.
Following are the festivals celebrated in the river island of Majuli:-
- BOHAG BIHU
- ALI AI LIGANG (MISHING)
- BISU (DEORI)
- BARSIK BHAONA-SABAH/BAR SABAH
- GARAKSHIA SABAH
- SHRI SHANKARADEVA'S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
- SHRI MADHAVDEV'S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
- PO'RAG (MISHING)
- DEO PUJA (DEORI)
- BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SHRI SHANKARADEVA
- KATI BIHU
- PAAL NAAM
- RAAS UTSAV
- AMROK (MISHING)
- SAWANIA PUJA(DEORI)
- MAGH BIHU
- NA KHOWA
- NORA-CHIGA (MISHING)