Significance Of ‘Jetuka’ In Bohag Bihu

11/ APRIL / 2024


Applying jetuka during Bohag Bihu is a significant cultural tradition in Assam. It signifies the onset of spring and holds deep cultural significance.

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Ritualistic Symbolism

Applying Jetuka during Bohag Bihu is believed to bring good luck, prosperity, and ward off evil spirits. It is a way to invoke blessings for a  fruitful year ahead.

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Aesthetic Expression

Applying Jetuka during Bohag Bihu is also an aesthetic symbol. Elaborate Jetuka designs adorn the hands and feet of women, adding to the festive atmosphere and enhancing Bihu celebrations. 

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Community Bonding 

The process of applying Jetuka on Bohag Bihu involves gatherings of women, fostering a sense of community and bonding. Women come together to share stories, and strengthen social bonds.

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Traditional Medicine 

Jetuka or Mehendi is a significant element in Ayurveda because of its cooling properties and is applied to alleviate heat-related ailments such as headaches and fevers.

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Symbol of Love 

Applying Jetuka in Bohag Bihu is to show their love for the special one. During Bohag Bihu, young gilrls and married women often adorn their hands and feet with Jetuka, symbolizing beauty, fertility, and love.

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Cultural Preservation 

The practice of applying Jetuka in Bohag Bihu helps preserve and promote traditional art forms and customs passed down through generations.

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