Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu is celebrated in Assam and is one of the three Bihu festivals. The Kati Bihu is also called as Kangali Bihu, the festival of the poor (the word “Kongal” means “poor”).
- During this time of the year (mid october), the paddy in the fields are in the growing stage and the granaries of the farmers are almost empty.
- On this day, earthen lamps (saki) are lit at the foot of the household tulsi plant, the granary, the garden (bari) and the paddy fields.
- In ancient times, earthen lamps were lit all around the paddy fields to attract the insects, thus acting as a natural insectide.