‘Boisabi Utsav’ in CHT cancelled

Our Correspondent

4 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

KHAGRACHHARI: Boisabi Utsav, the principal festival of Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) area marking the Bengali New Year, will not be celebrated this year due to coronaviurus pandemic.

The festival was not celebrated last year for the same reason. The indigenous people performed some of the activities and rituals in their respective houses.

Confirming the matter, Intu Moni Chakma, member secretary of Boishu, Sangrai and Bizu Udjapan Committee, said they suspended the festival as per the government's instruction following further surge of coronavirus across the country.

The word Boisabi is an acronym of the words for the festival in languages of the different communities--Boishu of Tripuras, Sangrai of Marmas and Bizu of Chakmas.

The 13 indigenous groups in the CHT celebrate the Boisabi each year to welcome Bengali New Year. This festival became the prime one in the area where apart from indigenous groups, people belong to other communities comes with enthusiasm to watch various progrmmaes associated with the festival.

The first day of the celebration starts with Fulbiju. The indigenous people wake up early, go to forest to collect flowers, clean their houses and decorate those with the flowers.

They also make flowers float in rivers, canals and springs and seek divine blessings for peace and prosperity.

Jal Utsav, a ritual of showering each other with water, is also an important attraction of the festival.