NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 10 - Po: Rag, the festival of inviting families of girls of the village married off outside for a reunion, was celebrated with jubilation at Ghunasuti in Dhakuwakhona sub-division, 7 kms south-east of North Lakhimpur town.
The festival, which is celebrated every five years, was organised with a three- day programme commencing from Wednesday. On the final day of the festivities, an open session was held which was inaugurated by Khagen Payeng, Principal of Miri-Jiyori College, Ghunasuti.
In his inaugural address, Payeng said that Po: Rag was a post-harvest festival in which cultural troupes from other places were invited to interact and mingle with the local people, besides formal invitation of girls married off outside the village along with their families for a reunion and interaction.
The open session was chaired by senior medical officer Dr Dambaru Dhar Pegu where the souvenir of the festival was released by surgeon Dr Prabin Mili. The session was also attended by Mising Durbre Kbang’s Ekalabya Gam, poet Jogen Taid and Bikhananda Mili. A seminar on Ghunasuti was also held on the occasion which was conducted by Ghanashyam Taid, Professor of Dr Banikanta Kakoti College, Nagaon.
Earlier on Thursday, a symposium on youth hooliganism was held along with a drawing competition for the children. The three-day festival saw a confluence of colourful cultural extravaganza of the Mising community at Ghunasuti, a historical place immortalised by noted litterateur Rajanikanta Bordoloi in his epic Miri Jiyori, the first Assamese novel published in 1894.