Assam: Chandubi festival to kick-off today
The much-awaited Chandubi Festival will begin from January 1 at the Chandubi Lake in Rajpara, one of the major tourist attractions of the state.
The 11th edition of the four-day festival will witness various cultures and traditions, from ethnic food to music and dance, traditional outfits to local handloom products and more. Horticulture, bamboo and cane products, multi-lingual books will also be on sale.
For the uninitiated, Chandubi Lake, situated at the Garo foothills, was formed during a massive earthquake in 1897. The area was formerly filled with five mountains. The name Chandubi comes from two words; Chand means five and Dubi means sinking in Khasi language. This freshwater lake later turned into an economically viable water body that would sustain different communities living around the lake. The main aim of the Chandubi Festival is to promote eco-tourism in this biodiversity hotspot of Assam. Chandubi is also a bird watchers paradise as it attracts migratory birds during the winter season.
The festival will also have boat rides and fishing facilities for the visitors. To encourage creative minds, a photography exhibition - Hooiku - will also be held. The winners will get a cash prize and attractive hampers.
Earlier in 2020, in the wake of the anti- Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the state, the Chandubi Festival was cancelled.