Brahmaputra Beach Festival
|Brahmaputra Beach Festival|
Brahmaputra Festival is an open-air festival held in Guwahati on the ravine beaches of the mighty Brahmaputra river. It is held every year in the month of January that coincides with the Magh Bihu, the harvest festival in Assam. It is said to be inspired from various festivals held in the southern states of India. It is a confluence of the conventional with the modern and represents the culture and tradition of the state of Assam. The aim of the festival is to promote indigenous culture, crafts and popularising traditional sports of Assam.
During the season, the beaches are occupied to set up fairs. The festival includes various events like Beach cricket, Beach volleyball, water rafting, canoeing and wind surfing, ice skating, kayaking and Aero sports like ballooning, paragliding and hang gliding. Visitors and tourists can participate in these events and show their skills. Traditional games like elephant races, egg breaking and cock fighting are also held along with these modern and technically advanced games. Competitions like Sit and draw and kite flying are also held where children can take part. Exhibition of traditional craft is also a part of the festival.