Bohag Bihu or the Rongali Bihu marks the beginning of the New Year in the North Eastern state of Assam. Historically celebrated as a season for harvest, it is that time of the year when nature is in full swing. Vivid varieties of local birds peak out of their nests, into the open sky calling out in their melodious voice.
Falling in the second week of April, this week-long festival is a treat for nature lovers.
What is the Bird Count event all about?
The Bihu Bird Count event is a bird monitoring event that was initiated in Assam, last year. Organized in collaboration with the Bird Count India (BCI), the event strives to document the bird diversity of the state by associating it with one of the biggest festivals of Assam, which is Bihu.
The primary motive behind organizing this unique event is to juxtapose the cultural and aesthetical value of the festival with nature, thus spreading awareness on the imperatives and beauty of birds in our lives.
The event hosted by the Assam Bird Monitoring Network, along with the Bird Count of India will commence today and go on till 17th April across different districts of Assam, this year.
Window to Assams’s rich flora & fauna:
Out of a total of 691 species of birds, known to inhabit the state of Assam, approximately 382 species were reported within the three days of Bihu Bird Count 2020. The most frequently reported species of birds during the Bihu Bird Count 2020 were Spotted Dove, Black Kite, Cattle Egret, Red-vented Bulbul, and Common Myna.
Diversified names, singular tradition:
While the festival is celebrated in Assam as Bohag Bihu, in Punjab it is celebrated as Baisakhi, in Kashmir as Navreh, Vishua Sankranti in Odisha, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, and Ugadi in Tamil Nadu, the names might be diversified and entirely unique but it is the shared tradition that binds all Indians in the bond of love.
These festivals are after all, a celebration of nature and a means of expressing our gratitude towards the bounties it offers.