Anwar Hossain
Three-day-long colourful Biju festival at the Chattogram Hill Tracts districts ended with colorful events, where thousands of people came from different districts to observe and express their solidarity with them.
Earlier, on Saturday morning, president of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum’s CHT unit Prokriti Ranjan Chakma, inaugurated the programme at Rajbari Ghat.

The indigenous people of these hilly areas welcomed various festivals like the Biju, Baisu, Bishu, Bihu and Sangrai festivals and the Bangla New Year.
People of different ethnic groups arranged programs to bid farewell the past year and celebrate the Bangla New Year through various colourful programmes with new hopes in their mind for better days ahead.
Differently ethnic groups, like the Chakma, call it Biju, the Tanchangya call it Bishu, the Tripura call it Baisu and the Marma call the festival as Sangrai.

The Chakma celebration stats with Phool Biju, as on that day they get up early, decorate their house with flowers after washing and cleaning. Later they float flowers in the rivers and canals to make gods happy so that they get peace and prosperity. In the evening they go to Buddhist temples, light candles and pray. On the last day of Bangla Month of Chaitra, they prepare a special food item which is widely known as ‘pajon’. Ingredients of that food are collected from the forest.

The last day of the festival is known as Goijja Pojjya Din. During that day, people go to nearby monasteries to offer their prayer for happiness round the year.
Throughout the festival different cultural programmes including tribal dance, Marma Chata Nach, Jolkeli and Tripura Goraiya Dance are held to highlight their own indigenous distinctive cultural heritage.
Among all the events round the festival, Marma coummunity’s water festival is the most popular event which takes place in Narikel Bagan areas of Rangamati.