Habibur & Dilara Rahman Boruah
The Assamese Community of Southern California– also called the "Akhomi" Community celebrated Rongali Bihu with great fun at the Clarence Nedom Auditorium located at the Lake View Senior Center in the beautiful City of Irvine.
The celebrations started at 5 PM on April 13, 2013 with traditional snacks comprising of sira-doi, til pitha, ghila pitha, narikol laroo, joon-biri, tilor laroo etc. to name a few prepared by local Assamese ladies. This is an annual ritual for every Assamese family to exchange Bihu greetings with the fellow members of the comminity both old residents and new arrivals.The snacks are followed by a lively cultural program staring with a chorus performed by our local children, followed by other solo and group entertainment programs presented by children and adults alike. A satirical one act play written and directed by Dilara Boruah was staged to the delight of the audience. The cast members were Habib, Kushal , Dipa , Joon and late Kalyan. A group of Assamese children ages 6 to 10 years, presented a medly of folk dances comprising of Mising, Karbi, Bodo and traditional Bihu exhibiting diversity and richness of Assamese culture. The highlight of the cultural program was a traditional Bihu Husori with live performance of Dhool, Pepa and Gogona. The participants in the Husori were Kushal Bordoloi, Kalyan Dihingia, Rana Dhekial, Bipul Dutta, Sawmick Dutta, Banajit Goswami and Monideepa Bordoloi.
The joyous evening ended with a sumptuous dinner served with Indian food along with “Masor Jool”, that everyone enjoyed. The dinner also included ‘Tamul Pan”.
This year over 60 families enjoyed the Bihu celebrations and many families had parents or relatives visiting from Assam. By 10:30pm it was time say goodbye and go back home with the resolution to meet again same time and maybe same place, next year - Wishing everyone a Happy Assamese New year and Bohag Bihu.
This year, the Assamese News Channel ‘Newslive’ telecasted the “Southern California Rongali Bihu” celebration in Assam which mainly showcased the kids program to show how our Assamese community is keeping our culture alive amongst ourselves and with our new generations.