Kati bihu is also known as Kongali bihu which is a Northeastern festival of India. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the month ‘Kati’ in the Assamese calendar or in the mid of October.
This bihu is one of the most significant festivals of Assam. It is celebrated to mark the relocation of rice saplings .It is known as ‘Kongali bihu’ to symbolize the empty granary of the farmers and the less availability of food during that season .
Kati bihu is considered as one of the most important festivals for the people of Assam and this is celebrated by the people by putting earthen lamps outside their houses,storeroom(Bhoral ghor)during the evening to light up the area. Not only this, the basil(tulsi)plants are too decked up with garland and earthen lamps are lighted up in the evening to worship the plant and to welcome goddess Laksmi to the house. Moreover, as per the tradition people believes lighted lamps will guide their ancestors to heaven and also it signifies the serving of natural insecticides to the plants. So, to follow the tradition, the ‘saki’ which is the clay lamp that is litted up and placed on the top of bamboo sticks in the peddy fields.
Kati Bihu is celebrated in the entire state of Assam by surpassing the caste, religion and social status . Festivals like bihu share the message of unity,love and happiness.