The much-awaited annual river festival—Dwijing fest celebrated at the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts(BTAD) is all set to kick-start its fourth edition from December 27th, 2019 and will continue till January 7th, 2020, Assam Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma informed on October 25th, 2019.
The 12-day festival celebrating the state’s culture, heritage and promoting river tourism is observed on the banks of River Aie at Chirang district. Over the years the festival has been attracting both domestic and global tourists and marking an example of cultural exchange.
A preparatory meeting on the same was held today in presence of Chandan Brahma, Assam Tourism Director, Chirang District administration head, district police chief, various civil bodies, organizations, NGOs, business groups, government employees and so on.
“We have new additions to the annual river festival this year which includes adventure sports, cycling, water sports, hot air balloon, helicopter rides, horse rides, stalls for cultural displays, including ethnic food,” said Brahma while addressing the media.
“As the area of the Manas National Park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, has been increased we are happy to announce that this year there will be elephant safaris and the tourists can come and explore the wild which is going to be a unique experience altogether,” he added.
The festival which started off in 2016 was earlier known as the ‘Aie River Winter Festival’. The name eventually changed to ‘Dwijing’ which means ‘river bank’.
The Minister also informed that there will be no use of single-use plastic in the festival and talks are on to adopt an alternative material for the smooth functioning of the fest.
From dancer troops uniformly tapping their feet to the tune of folk dance of indigenous Bodo tribe- Bagurumba, Serja Jotha Kham to playing the melodious sifung– a traditional musical instrument of the Bodos, the Dwijing extravaganza is all set to grip the people this fall.
Inputs: Prasanta Ray
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