230 words:Bihu festival is associated with farming in Assam in India. Bihu is an important festival of Assamese people in Assam. The word 'Bihu' has been derived from the language of Dimasa people. The Dimasa are one of the oldest inhabitants of Assam in India. The word 'bi' means 'to ask' and 'Hu' means 'peace and prosperity'. Their superior god is "Brai Sibrai" or "Father Sibrai". The season's first crop is offered to father praying for peace and prosperity. It is observed in the month of April and the commemoration continues for one or a month. Bihu is a profane festival which brings humanity, peace and brotherhood among the various cast and religion. The festival 'Bihu' continues for seven days called 'Xaat Bihu'. The seven days are known as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu, Manus Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu. It is celebrated with great pomp and prosperity all over the state of Assam. The folk songs and dances are also observed in the festival. The folk are called Bihu geets or bihu songs. The dance includes mainly the movement of hips and arms. The instruments included are dhol (drum) taal , pepa (an instrument made of buffalo horn) , toka, baanhi (flute) , xutuli and gogona. The traditional food made in the festival of bihu are pitha, larus (traditional food of rice and coconut) and jolpan.
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