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Bihu Dances

Bihu is associated with two types of folk dances.
Husari
Husari, is carol singing and dancing in a group consisting of only men, led by the elderly ones. The group starts visiting the houses in the village before noon, to dance and sing benedictory songs. Husari songs are more religious than festive. The residents honour the group by offering paan (betel leaf), tamul (areca-nut). Sweets and money in a saral (brass dish with stand) as dakshina (offering). The funds collected are spent for repairing the village Namghar (community prayer hall) and for community feasting.
Bihu Dance
Bihu Dance The other dance is performed in open fields or groves by young unmarried men and women, dancing and singing through the night. The girls dress in their best traditional clothes--a red floral mekhela with a red border, a shawl woven out of the golden silk fibres, and a red blouse. Their feet and palms are painted with the red pigments made of myrtle leaves . Kapou phul, a beautiful purple with the girls. The young men wear dhoti and kurta and tie the gomacha around their heads and waists.
The brisk and sensuous Bihu dance with the various movements of hips, arms and the upper parts of the body reflects man's primeval urge for fertility, survival and growth. Although over time, the influence of different cultures has introduced changes in the celebrations, yet its originality and emotions are very much alive. The annual Bihu festival of the Brahmaputra valley not only reminds the people of the glorious traditions of Assam, but also tell the story of man, built on the edifice of agricultural and pastoral life.