Bhogali Bihu Celebrations in Dubai, UAE

The celebrations were held at ‘Safa’ Park, Dubai, attended by a group of about 60 from the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. A number of newcomers to UAE also joined the celebrations, being their first with the Assamese Community of UAE. The program was also enjoyed by a few guests from Assam who were in UAE visiting their relatives and friends.

The traditional Assamese breakfast of ‘Doi-Chira’ and ‘Gur’ served on the occasion were relished by all and reminded everyone of the delicacies of their motherland. Everyone also got treated with ‘Komal Chaul’ brought all the way from Assam for the occasion by Dr. Medhi. However, ‘pitha’ and ‘narikolor laru’ were greatly missed this time.

A number of innovative games and events were organized on the occasion, for children and adults, which witnessed the participation of one and all present.

An exhibition of traditional Assamese Jewellery and Assamese Silk dresses also was organized at the venue of the function; the items on display were brought to Dubai by Sri Dipak Bora of ‘Asomiya Gohonalya’, Nagaon. Sri Bora had come to Dubai to take part in the ongoing Dubai Shopping Festival, 2004.

- D. K. Borah for Assam Society, Dubai