The indigenous people belonging to different ethnic communities of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region yesterday started their traditional three-day-long Boisabi festival through various colourful programmes.
The Tripuras, the Marmas and the Chakmas call the festival Boisuk, Sagnrain and Biju respectively while the first two or three letters of each form the word 'Boisabi'.
Boisu, Bishu and Bihu are other names attributed to the festival by different ethnic groups.
Our Rangamati Correspondent reports: Prokriti Ranjan Chakma, president of Bangladesh Adibasi Forum's CHT chapter, inaugurated Fulbiju at Rajbari Ghat in the morning yesterday.
For the Chakmas, first day celebration starts with Fulbiju. They get up early, clean their houses and decorate them with flowers, and float flowers in rivers, canals and springs, seeking Divine blessings for peace and prosperity. In the evening, they go to Buddhist temples and light candles.
On the occasion of Mulbiju today, the indigenous people will cook a kind of popular item called “Pajon”, comprising different items collected from the jungle.
And on the last day of the festival tomorrow, known as Goijja Pojjya Din, people will go to nearby monastery to pray for living happily the whole year.
Our Khagrachhari Correspondent reports: In the district, the main event of the Chakma community's festival, Fulbizu (floating flowers) was held on the Changi river in Khabangpuria village of Khagrachhari Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
“On this day every year, we float the flowers in the river with friends on the first day of the Bizu festival,” said Sujaya Chakma, a student of Khagrachhari Government College.
The Tripura community calls this day 'Hari Boisu'.
The Chakma community will celebrate the 'Mul bizu' today, welcoming guests to every home. The Tripura community called this day 'Bisu Ma'.
The traditional festival Boisabi is celebrated with the last two days of Bangla year and the New Year in the three hill districts with hope to leave behind the sorrows of the past year and welcome the New Year for a better future.