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Boisabi festival begins in Rangamati Friday

  • Published at 11:09 pm April 10th, 2019
File photo of indigenous people celebrating Boisabi festival in Rangamati Dhaka Tribune

The festival is about bidding farewell to the past year and celebrating the new, with various colourful programs

Boisabi Utsab, the biggest traditional festival of indigenous people in Chittagong Hill Tracts, is to begin in Rangamati on Friday.

The three-day festival marking celebrations of the Bangla New Year will start with a flower floating ceremony at Rajbari Ghat, and other places on Friday morning.

On Monday, like every year, a customary water festival and other cultural programs will be organized in Raikhali of Kaptai upazila.

For the Chakma people, the first day is called ‘Phulbiju’, the second day ‘Mulbiju’, and the third day, which is also the first day of the Bangla New Year, is ‘Gojyapojya Din’.

On the first day of the festival, people float flowers on rivers and springs, and bathe, to cleanse and seek divine blessings for their peace and prosperity.

The second day is the main festival where people dress up, cook delicacies, and take part in various traditional festivals.

The festival is about bidding farewell to the past year and welcoming the new, with a variety of colourful programs.

The festival has different names among the tribes. The Chakma people call it “Biju”, Tanchangya call it “Bishu”, Tripura call it “Boisu”, and Marma call it “Sangrai”.

The word “Boisabi” is a combination of the Bangla acronyms for various indigenous festivals, like “Boishuk” of the Tripura community, “Sangrai” of the Marma community, and “Biju” of the Chakma community.