1st of November – End of Feb – Winter
Kati Bihu – Late October/Early November – Multiple venues
Kati Bihu is the austere of the three Bihus. People light earthen lamps in courtyards and fields, praying for a good harvest in the upcoming months.
Raas Festival (Raax Mahotsav) – Late November – Majuli and Golpara district
The Raas Mahotsav is dedicated to the worship of Lord Krishna while immersing in the tales of his childhood exploits and adventures. It is a time of showcasing Majuli’s performative heritage through plays, ‘bhaonas’ (traditional form of drama), puppetry, and recitations along with weaving and craft traditions.
Silk n Dye Festival – Mid December – Kaziranga
The Silk n Dye Festival is organised by Janambhumi Janakalyan in association with YCSD and Earth Craft. It aims to promote natural dyeing and traditional silk rearing of the state by providing silk weavers a platform to showcase their products.
Under the Sal Tree theatre festival – Mid December – Rampur village, Goalpara district
This unique theatre festival is a coming together of experimental and creative theatre troupes from across the country and abroad. It was started by late Sukracharya Rabha, the theatre doyen, in 2008.
Magh Bihu – Mid January – Multiple venues
Magh Bihu is the harvest festival of Assam where people feast together with newly harvested rice. It is a community festival incomplete without traditional sweetmeats made of coconut, jaggery and sesame seeds called ‘pitha’ and ‘laru’.
Dehing Patkai Festival – Mid January (coincides with Magh Bihu) – Dehing, Tinsukia district
This cultural festival organised by the Government of Assam hosts numerous cultural events, folk performances and traditional sports on the Brahmaputra riverbanks. It also showcases the indigenous diversity of the state through food and craft fairs.
Brahmaputra Beach Festival – Mid January (coincides with Magh Bihu) – Guwahati
Organised by the Assam Boat Racing and Rowing Association, the Brahmaputra Beach Festival is an open-air festival held on the banks of the Brahmaputra. It is a platform to celebrate the indigenous culture of the state through traditional sports, cultural events and performances.
1st March – End May – Pre Monsoon – Spring
Bwisagu/Baisagu – Mid April – Bodo villages near Bongaigaon
Bwisagu is the springtime festival of the Bodo tribe of Assam heralding the new year. There is much merrymaking as the people sway to the colourful Bagurumba dance.
Bohag Bihu – Mid April – Multiple venues
The springtime festival of Bohag Bihu, also called Rongali Bihu, is marked by the spirited Bihu dance and cultural events across the state. It also marks the onset of the Assamese New Year.
1 June – End of August – Monsoon – Summer
Ambubachi Mela – Mid June – Guwahati
The Ambubachi Mela takes place in the famous Kamakhya Temple. Once a year the goddess is said to menstruate and is given a ritual bath after three days. The festival attacts tourists, devotees and pilgrims from all over the country.
1 Sept – End of October – Autumn
Karam Puja – Late August/Early September – Sonitpur district
Karam Puja or Karma is an agricultural festival of the tea communities of Assam. They worship the earth goddess for a bountiful harvest and perform the rhythmic jhumur dance.