One of the most prominent festivals that is celebrated in Assam, a northeastern state in India, Bihu is actually marked by three different sets of celebrations spaced out each year. The three Bihus are held at different times, marking the beginning of a different season, mainly the Bohag or Rongali (Baisakhi), Kaati (Kartik) and Maagh, which are celebrated in mid-April, October or November and early January respectively.
The lush green paddy fields of Assam turn a shade brighter during this time of the year. The manicured tea gardens are geared up to produce their first flush of the year.
It is believed that the term Bihu originated from the language of the Dimasas, one of the Assams many tribal communities. The word Bi (to ask) and Shu (peace and prosperity in the world) make for Bihu which roughly translates to a celebration meant for the entire state.
An exciting aspect of this festival is its detachment from religious and case boundaries. People across the state celebrate Bohag Bihu irrespective of their social status.