Guwahati, March 29: The Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council is organising a three-day cultural festival to strengthen the unity among the different ethnic communities of Assam.
The Rabha Hasong Cultural Festival — to begin on Tuesday — will showcase the culture of the Bodos and Garos, along with that of the Rabha community.
“The unique cultural festival would set an example for other communities to organise such festivals, which would help them bond with the different ethnic communities of Assam,” the chief executive member of the council, Sarat Rabha, said.
“Our cultures will unite us. Like Bishnu Rabha, who ignited a cultural revolution in Assam, the cultural festival will be the beginning of the revolution,” he added.
The main attraction of the festival will be the Baykhow Puja — a tribal ritual of the Rabhas — where the participants dance on fire.
The Miss Rabha Hasong contest will also be held during the festival.
The traditional root beer will be the main attraction of the food festival featuring ethnic dishes of the Rabhas. “The vintage rice beer is considered the most sought after drink in the Rabha community. The more old the beer is, the more is the demand,” Rabha added.
The festival will showcase traditional dances by over 1,000 girls and boys.
Chief executive member of the Mising Autonomous Council Paramananda Chayengia and chief executive member of Tiwa Autonomous Council Ram Kanta Deory will be the guests of honour at the festival.