The much-awaited annual river festival – Dwijing festival is all set to kick-start its fourth edition from December 27th, 2019 and will continue till January 7th, 2020.
With just less than a week left, the organisers have pulled their socks to welcome the tourists and visitors to the festival to be held in Assam’s Chirang district.
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.
The festival would showcase ethnic trade, cuisine, culture, games and sports, exhibitions, adventure sports, river rafting, helicopter rides and cultural programmes to make it a centre of attraction for the visitors as a New Year event. The venue of the various events of the festival will centre around the Hagrama bridge.
The Aie river originates from the Himalayas of Bhutan flowing through Chirang and Bongaigaon districts before meeting the river Brahmaputra. The Aie plays a vital role in the lives of people in the area.
The festival is being organised jointly by Assam’s tourism department, Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and Bodoland Tourism. It may be mentioned that 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’.
Inputs and photo: Prasanta Ray