SHILLONG, April 14: Diversity reflected in its full bliss in the city on Sunday as it submerged itself in the varied colours of festivity that ranged from celebrating the New Year, thanksgiving or dance of the happy heart and birth anniversary of Lord Rama.
A colorful display of dance, traditional attire and music sounded the beginning of the Rongoli Bihu festival in Meghalaya. The Shillong Central Rongali Bihu Celebration Committee (SCRBCC) is hosting three-day Bihu festivities in Shillong.
The Rongali Bihu is the most important festival of Assamese people celebrating the Assamese New Year and the spring festival. The Inaugural programme was organized at the Shillong Viyalaya field on Sunday. The Bihu flag was hoisted by noted scholar and mathematician Dr BK Dev Sarma.
A noted Bihu party from Sivasagar, Assam enthralled the audience with its performance. Later, an open for all bihu dance was organized, which saw participation of people from different community.
Later, the president of the celebration committee Dr Rabindra Nath Bhuyan spoke on the history of Bihu festivities in Shillong.
On the other hand, one of the most culturally rich festivals – the Shad Suk Mynsiem entered second day on Sunday. Prayers were offered and dancers belonging to the indigenous Khasi faith dressed in their traditional attire danced to the tune of traditional music at Weiking Ground, Jaiaw.
The thanks giving festival also known as the festival of happy hearts is all set to reach its crescendo on the third and final day on Monday.
Meanwhile, Ram Navami was celebrated with great pomp in the city. Hundreds of devotees took a procession dedicated to Lord Ram and they held grand celebrations on the day. Ram Navami or Rama Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama, one of the most famous and revered Hindu deities. It was on this day that he took birth in Ayodhya as the son of King Dashratha.