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Bizu fest begins in CHT

Different ethnic minority group celebrate the festivals

Published : 12 Apr 2022 09:39 PM

The entire Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) wore a festive look as the three-day traditional 'Bizu' festival of the indigenous communities, has begun on Tuesday with great enthusiasm and festivity.

Traditionally the indigenous people observe ‘Ful Bizu’,festival on the first day of the three-day festival through floating flowers in the rivers, canals, spring and fountain by seeking divine blessing for peace, prosperity and healthy lives.

On the occasion, Bizu, Sangrain, Boisuk, Bishu, Bihu and Sankran celebration committee-2022 on Tuesday formally floated flowers in Kaptai Lake at Rajban Bihar Ghat in the town.

Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Rangamati, was present as chief guest during the flower floating programme.

Executive officer in CHT Regional Council Subarna Chakma, ADC (gen) Md. Mamun Miah, sadar upazila nirbahi officer Nazma Binte Amin were also present.   

Convenor of Bizu celebration committee and president of Adivasi Forum, CHT chapter, Prakriti Ranjan Chakma and its member secretary Intu Moni Talukder conducted the flower floating team. 

The ethnic people of the three hill districts of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari are celebrating the Bizu festival which will continue until tomorrow (Thursday).

On the occasion, every year the jumma people in the CHT, who have been living in the region since the time immemorial, celebrate this festival at the end of Bengali old year to shed the sorrows of the old year and welcome the Bengali new year.  

Though the festival merely is related to the indigenous people but people from other communities also enjoy it. Of the 11 indigenous groups living in hills, only eight communities --- Chakma, Marma, Tangchangya, Tripura, Mro, Khumi, Khiyang and Chak, celebrate the carnival.

Lusai, Bawm and Pankhua do not observe the festival from the beginning as they have no cultural value about this. 

After passing a humdrum of routine life round the year, the ethnic people celebrate ‘Bizu’ with preparation of different food items. 

The significance of the festival to the indigenous communities is the same though they term it by different names. The Chakma call it Bizu, the Marmas call it -Sangraing, Tripura-Boisuk, Tangchangya- Bishu, Ahmia Bihu and Mro - Chankran.

The first day is called ‘Phulbizu’ the second day ‘Mulbizu’ and third day or first day of the Bangla New Year is called "Gojje Pojje Din." 

Today (Wednesday) is mulbizu (the main function) in every house of indigenous people prepares ‘Pachan’ a kind of mixed vegetable curry to feed the guests. ‘Panchan’ is very popular as the indigenous people believe the "Panchan" is their hedges against any diseases for the New Year.