Busu Dima celebrated with gaiety in Haflong

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HT Correspondent

HAFLONG, Jan 28: Like every year the major festival of the Dimasa tribes is being celebrated in Haflong Town Razi Club maintaining Covid protocols in the district head quarter of Dima Hasao with great zeal.

Usually the ‘Busu’ starts from January 27 and is celebrated in different areas in Dima Hasao like Gunjung, Diyungbra, Harangajao and Maibong to mention a few. This year ‘Hangso Busu’ is held at Thanalambra, Didambra and Langting.

The ‘Busu’ the biggest festivals of Dimasa Community signify as the festival of harvesting and rejoicing newly grown rice and other social rituals, which reflects the rich culture and tradition of the community.

Mention be made here that the ‘Busu’ observed by way of feasts and traditional functions sport, rituals and celebrated in three different ways, namely Jidab, Surem, and Hangsaomanouba.  ‘Jidab’ is the simplest form of ‘Busu’. Surem is celebrated and lasts for three nights. ‘Surem’ Busu is celebrated frequently whereas ‘Hangsaoinanaoba’ is being celebrated occasionally as it involves huge manpower and cost.

Generally the expenditures of the ‘Busu’ are borne by the villagers. There is a custom in the Dimasa community where the people assist others in cultivation and in exchange they collect rice or paddy to celebrate ‘Bushu.

In the event of celebration of ‘Hangsaoimanaoba’ by the community, a separate plot of land is cultivated and from which the expenses for the celebration is done.

The ‘Surem Busu’ lasts for three days while the ‘Hangsaoimanaoba’ lasts for seven days.

The ‘Bususataiba’ is the first day of the Busu and meat is distributed to every household. ‘Busuma’, the second day, the boys with older men sing ‘Bagaoba’, to greet the guests. The ‘Kunang’, village headman, sings a devotional song, seeking blessings on behalf of half of the villagers from ‘Lord Siva’, so that the villagers could spend the festive days with joy and jokes. Traditional strength sports and various games are also being organized during the occasion.

The men, women and youths with their colourful dresses’ perform traditional dances and sing songs with joy and happiness ,beat drums called ‘Khram’, play flutes made from bamboo called ‘murri and Khram dubung. Singing with ‘murri’ (flutes) are being continued from the beginning of ‘Bushu’ till the festival is over and done with. Rice beer pork, mutton and other edibles are also being served to the guests during the festival. Thus the ‘Bushu’ symbolizes the unity and way of life among the community of Dima Hasao.

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