Assam is state located in northeastern part of India. It is the largest of the states in the northeast of India.
Assam is surrounded by six of the other Seven Sister States: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya. These states are connected to the rest of India via a narrow strip in West Bengal called the Siliguri Corridor or “Chicken’s Neck”. Assam also shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh
Dispur is the capital of Assam. Other major cities in Assam are Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Nagaon, etc.
Assamese and Bodo are the major indigenous and official languages while Bengali holds official status in the three districts in the Barak Valley and is the second most widely spoken language of the state.
Diwali Celebrations in Assam :
Just like in other parts of India, people of Assam also celebrate Diwali Festival for a period of five days.
The people of Assam believe that Diwali is the time to welcome Lord Rama to Ayodhya from his 14 year exile after defeating Ravana, the king of Lanka. Hence, they celebrate the Lord’s homecoming with great pomp and show.
People of Assam celebrate Diwali by lighting traditional diyas and candles all round their homes. They decorate the entrances/gates of their homes by erecting a banana tree on each side. They also make beautiful Rangoli’s outside their homes to welcome guests.
The business community in Assam, consisting of mostly Marwaris from Rajasthan celebrates the Dhanteras on the first day of Diwali for wealth and good fortune. On this day they buy jewelry and crockery items. On Diwali Day these businessmen perform the Lakshmi Ganesh Puja and also perform chopda pujan or veneration of their business books. Beginning new business ventures and fasting are the order of the day.
In Assam, people also perform Kali Puja on the Diwali Day just like it is performed in West Bengal. On this day, people perform aarti to the deity and draw beautiful floral designs with colored powders called rangolis to welcome goddess Kali.
This is also a night of fireworks, with people burning sparklers and firecrackers throughout the night.
In Assam the last Day of Diwali is Bhai Dooj which celebrates the relationship between Brother and Sister. This day hold a lot of significance for the Bengali and the Nepali population of Assam. They call it ‘Bhai Phota’ and ‘Bhai-Tika’ respectively. On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing the Tika ceremony and brothers give gifts to their sisters.
Apart from all this, people of Assam celebrate Diwali just like it is celebrated in other parts of the country – by drawing colourful Rangoli’s outside their homes to welcome goddess of wealth – Lakshmi, wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets, exchange gifts, wear new clothes, decorate their homes with lights and diya’s, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
How to Say Happy Diwali in Assamese Language :
Deepaavaleeye Yen Tomaar Jeevano Poharaai Tole (দীপাৱলীয়ে যেন তোমাৰ জীৱনো পোহৰাই তোলে)