“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people” -Mahatma Gandhi.
Rongali Bihu is a fervently awaited festival for Assamese all over the globe. The Assamese diaspora settled in Calgary in Canada also wait eagerly with excitement to celebrate Rangali Bihu every year. The excitement concluded with the celebration of Rongali Bihu on April 15 in the Scandinavian Community centre organised by the Assam Association of Alberta (AAA) with a great deal of pomp and show, where around 150 odd people attended the event. Unlike the usual Rongali Bihu, this year’s event was a much lavish, elaborate and dignified affair. They also had delegates and guests from the Indian High Commission of Ottawa, members of Parliament, Calgary city Mayor, members from Rotary Club, Calgary and executive committee members from the Calgary Marathi Association. Besides Assamese, the event also saw performances by participants hailing from other countries, including Peru, China, Columbia, Scotland, etc. This global way of celebrating and sharing Bihu along with other cultures, probably happened for the first time in North America.