Assam is a land of fairs and festivals. Most of the festivals celebrated in Assam have their roots in the diverse faith and belief of her inhabitants, but a spirit of accommodation and togetherness characterizes the celebration of all festivals.
The perfect fusion of heritage of her numerous races has made Assam the home of the most colorful festivals which are passionate, compelling and mesmerizing reflecting the true spirit, tradition and lifestlye of the people of Assam.
Six festivals are organised by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Assam, every year to encourage tourists to visit Assam. They are given below:
Majuli Festival 21st - 24th November »
Elephant Festival 30th January - 1st February »
Brahmaputra Beach Festival (Dates to be announced) »
Dehing Patkai Festival 16t h- 19th January »
Tea Festival (Dates to be announced) »
Rongali Utsav (The Spring Festival) 28th - 30th April »
Jonbeel Mela (during winter) »
Baishagu Festival (during mid April) »
Bohaggiyo Bishu (during mid-April) »
Rajini Gabra & Harni Gabra »
Rongker and Chomangkan »
Ambubachi Mela »
Dosa Thoi! Long Nai »
For further details contact:
Director of Tourism
Govt. of Assam
Phone : +91-361-2542748 / 2547102
Assam Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Dr. B.Baruah Road
Guwahati - 781 007
Phone : +91- 361-2454421/2454570
Besides these, the major festivals celebrated in Assam is Bihu.
The people of Assam also celebrate Holi, Durga Puja, Diwali, Swaraswati Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Kali Puja, Idd, Muharram, Me-Dam-Me-Phi, the birth and death anniversaries of Vaishnava Saints Srimanta Sankardev and Madhabdev.
The tribals of Assam have their own colourful festivals like the Kherai Puja of the Bodos, the Baikhu and Pharkantis of the Rabhas, Ali-ai-ligang and Parag of the Mishing tribe, the Sagra-misawa wansawa and laghun of the Tiwas.
The Ahoms of Tai origin celebrate Me-Dum-Me-Phi on the 31st of January annually.
The Ojapali dances of non-Vaishnavite origin are usually associated with the Serpent Goddess Manasa.
Bathow festival is celebrated by the Kacharis through sacrifice of goats and chickens. The Boros of the plains in general have an intricate pattern of indigenous dances associated with the primitive rituals like Kherai Puja. The Dimasas celebrate Rangi Gobra and Harni Gobra at the start of the cropping cycle for prosperity to ward off calamities. The Deoris observe Bohagiya visu- the Spring time festival.