Bihu was celebrated in United Arab Emirates by the Axom Xomaj UAE on 14th
January, 2000. The venue of the day long program was the scenic Al Mamzar Beach
Park on the Dubai-Sharjah border.
function saw the participation of about 50 people including tiny tots – the
youngest of them being the three month old Arjun Jeet Chaliha ( Dubai born son
of Monojit & Linu Chaliha). We however missed presence of quite a few who
could not make it to the function due to other commitments.
started trickling by around 10 although the Full House was seen only by noon.
The delay was not unexpected due to the cozy winter morning and that too on a
weekly off (Friday) for most of the people. The few to arrive early headed
straight to the beautiful beach at the Mamzar Park and enjoyed the sea and the
sun till well past noon.
spite of an early morning arrival in Dubai from Delhi, Mr. Bikram Barua &
family of Guwahati chose not to miss the function and hopefully they did not
presence of Doi, Chira and Gur took quite a few by sweet surprise and could not
stop their temptation of relishing this typical Assamese Snack, that too on the
Magh Bihu Day. To top it, Champa treated everyone with Til Pitha – fresh all
the way from Assam.
traditional Assamese dishes were missing, still the lunch turned out to be
delicious for everyone with a variety of North Indian delicacies on the platter.
after the Lunch, the Group Photo session was arranged – not taking a chance to
miss out those who had to leave early. For a change a lot of cameras were seen
in action for the Group Photo. (One
of the photographs did make it to the print editions of The Assam Tribune &
The Sentinel of Guwahati about a week later!)
the scheduled activities of the morning could be held only after lunch, due to
lack of quorum. The beginning was made with the ever popular Memory Game
conducted very professionally by the ‘Natun Koina’ Rukshana (Mamoni) well
supported by her husband Arman (Hazorika). The Rose brothers (Rajeeb &
Sanjeeb) stole the show with scores of 16 & 15. It was good to see everyone
getting so involved in the game!
was the innovative ‘Lemon & Spoon’ race under two categories -
Ladies/girls & Gents. Seema came with flying colours, closely followed by
Diya (Harshita). When it was the Gents turn, Suman (Bordoloi) did not have any
problem tacking the round lemon on the almost flat spoon and reach the finishing
conducted ‘Tambola’ next – two rounds left some lucky ones richer by a few
a small tea-break, it was time for “Koloh Bhonga” game ( with a modified
target in place of the traditional ‘Koloh’)– this time on the sands of
Mamzar Park. Every one including the children were keen to have a go at it.
Phunu (Bordoloi) took quite some time to zero on the target and hit it with a
bang and won a prize for it.
After a busy afternoon, we called it a day around 5:30 in the evening. Thank you everyone for making the function a success.