Xorai

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A set of Xorais on display
Two extra large Xorais being used by the roadside welcoming visitors to Kaziranga National Park

The Xorai (Assamese: শৰাই) is a traditional symbol of Assam. In simplistic terms it is an offering tray with a stand at the bottom. There are Xorais with or without a cover on the top.

Usage[edit]

  • As an offering tray for tamul-pan (betel nuts and betel leaves) to guests as a sign of welcome and thanks.
  • As an offering tray for food and other items placed in front of the altar (naamghar) for blessing by the Lord.
  • As a decorative symbol in traditional functions such as during Bihu dances (modern usage)
  • As a gift to a person of honour during felicitations (modern usage)

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