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Bohag Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is the spring festival that falls on 14th April and marks the beginning of the first month of the Assamese calendar. Invigorated by the spirit of spring, people dance and make merry in gay abandon, transcending religious and class barriers. This is the reason that Bohag Bihu is also called Rangali Bihu (Bihu of merriment). The festivities of Bohag continue for a month, the formal ceremonies begin on the last day of Chot and extend up to a few days in the month of Bohag. The first day of Bihu is known as Goru Bihu (Cattle Bihu) when the cattle are washed and decorated with garlands. The next day, the first of Bohag is Manuh Bihu (Human Bihu) when people visit and greet each other on the New Year. The distinguishing feature of Bihu is the performance of the Bihu dance and song with the accompaniment of dhol, pepa (buffalo-horn pipe), taka (split bamboo clapper) and tal (cymbals).  



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