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Ai-Jong-lao festival observed in Bokata Japihojia gaon in Sivasagar of Assam.

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Festival name: Ai-Jong-lao festival; Place of observance: Bokata Japihojia gaon; Dist.: Sivasagar Assam

Like the other communities of the world, the Tai-Ahom community of Assam observed one of their harvest festival as Ai-Jong-Lao. In Tai Language, Ai-jong-lao means the welcoming of the wealth. The Tai-Ahom villagers of Bokota-Japihojia of Sivasagar district observed this festival after a gap of seven years with traditional rituals.

In Tai Language, two "Mehenga" i.e. Thapona is established with bamboo, banana tree and Tokow (a kind of palm). In these "Mehenga's all the ceremonial offerings of Tai-Ahom like luk-lao, i.e. rice beer, honey, pig, goat, kai, i.e. cook, nook-pet, are offered to please the "God of Wealth". The rituals are performed according to Molung i.e. Pandit. The individual ceremonial offerings were also arranged by the villagers. Before starting the main function, a huge possession with traditional instruments, Dhol, Mridong and Bortal went to Diroi river at a distance of 4 kilometer to collect water for the main puja.In this function, animals were also sacrificed for God. After it, the main puja is started. The day-long festival is started early in the morning and it lasted till mid-night.

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