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Boisabi brings new life to Chittagong Hill Tracts

  • Published at 04:04 pm April 12th, 2019
Offering flowers to deities in waterbodies are a part of the Boisabi rituals Dhaka Tribune

The main day of the festival began Friday with two days of festivities and programs to come

The three-day long "Boisabi Utsab"(A combined New Year celebration), the biggest traditional festival for ethnic communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts, has begun amid great enthusiasm and festivity.

People belonging to different ethnic communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region began their traditional festival with various colourful traditional rituals on Friday morning. The opening ritual was the traditional flower floating ceremony in Rajbari Lake, which was joined by National Adibasi Forum President Prakiti Ranjan Kheesa, Rangamati Hill District Council Chairman Brish Ketu Chakma and Rangamati Municipal Mayor Akbar Hossain Chowdhury.

Thousands of people joined them in Rajbari Lake and Kaptai Lake, saying: "We strive to triumph over the dread of the past year and begin a new chapter every year."

Brish Ketu Chakma said: "We greet everyone around the country, and we wish them a brand new year full of prosperity, and hope we can live together in communal harmony."

The Tripuras celebrates Boisuk, the Marmas have Sangrai, and the Chakmas call theirs Biju. The first syllables of each are taken to form “Boisabi.”

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Boisu and Bishu are among many other names attributed to the festival by different ethnic groups.

To the people, Boisabi brings happiness, hope and prosperity.

Children visit their relatives and greet them with gifts and cakes.

Gorjantali resident Shikha Tripura said: "On this day, we decorate houses with flowers and arrange baths for the elderly and take their blessings. Various kinds of cakes are an integral part of our festivities."

Other rituals that are part of Boisabi are water throwing ceremony, presenting new cloths, the Garaiya dance, boat-racing, and setting flowers afloat on water.

The main day of the festival began Friday with two days of festivities and programs to come.

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