JORHAT, Jan 10 - Festive fervour of ensuing Bhogali Bihu has engulfed the city of Jorhat and the agrarian areas of the district since the past few days as the citizens of different castes and communities started preparation to celebrate the two-day festival with community feasts, tasty cakes and delicious dishes and bonfires.
To showcase the excellence of the women in preparing Assamese traditional sweetmeats, 120 families of Tilikiaam Bezgaon of West Jorhat have been busy for past some days to make a 26-foot-long traditional cake tilpitha, which is prepared from rice powder, jaggery and black sesame.
“Each of the families have contributed Rs 250 for this long tilpitha. Girls and women of our village are busy in making pithaguri (rice powder) for this special kind of traditional cake,” Bhaben Tamuli, a senior citizen of Tilikiaam Bezgaon said.
They also left no stone unturned to catch the attention of the people of Jorhat to their meji of 60-foot height and bhelaghar, where the traditional musical instruments like dhol, pepa, gagana and several other tools of agriculture were displayed.
Similar kind of festive fervour was resonated in Na-Ali Dhekiajuli, Teok, Titabor, Borhola, Neamati and hundreds of rural pockets of the district where agriculture is the main source of livelihood. They said that most of the required food-staff and delicious items will be prepared at their homes as they could harvest sufficient rice, black-grams, green grams, mustard and many other crops this year.
Many of them said that they would start community fishing in the early morning of Uruka at the local water bodies in Neamati, Jhanjimukh, Namoni Gayangaon and several other areas on the south bank of Brahmaputra.
However, in the city people remained busy in purchasing delicious cakes and various kinds of foodstuff, curd, fire-woods from the roadside vendors of Tarajan, Jail Road, Gar Ali, JB Road, Na-Ali and many other localities.
Talking to this correspondent, many traders said that demonetisation could not stop the consumers in the past few days to purchase their required items for Magh Bihu celebration as the price of some foodstuff automatically decreased in an unprecedented manner.
“For example, the price of lentil has gone down to Rs 80 per kg, which was never happened in the past several years in Jorhat. Prices of several other edible items came down and the people across the city have been collecting the required foodstuff for Bhogali celebration. Business has started booming in our areas since the past few days in the city though it was not good enough for more than a month,” said Nemichand Bhattar, a trader of Marwaripatti area of the city.
However, the price of meat, fish and milk remained unchanged in the city as their production at local areas have not improved significantly to supplement the requirement during the period of festival.