Rongali Bihu Xondiya, Sydney

Wanderlust Postcards - Rongali Bihu Xondiya, Sydney

{Xondiya in Assamese translates to Evening}

Rongali Bihu,  festival of dance, music and love, also marks the onset of Assamese New year and Spring. The festival is celebrated in Assam (a north eastern state in India) during mid April. I miss the festivities in Sydney, the food, the people, the colourful atmosphere. So when I was invited to Rongali Bihu Xondiya, I jumped on the opportunity and made my husband tag along too.

My Mekhela Chaddar, which is our traditional dress, had been locked in my bag for two years and had never seen the Sydney daylight. After an hour of struggle, numerous twists and thousand safety pins, I managed to get it right ... well almost. :P I was praying fervently for it to not fall apart :P

The food was absolutely delicious. The Paneer Pakodas automatically transported me the long evening gossip that I used to do with my parents, sipping on tea and munching delicacies.

The Program started with kids showcasing their talent - be it singing, dancing or playing an instrument. 

Followed by drama, Bollywood and Assamese dance performances and more singing.

The Bihu dance towards the end had me tapping my feet. It was beautiful and nostalgic at the same time. So many memories came flooding by. 

It was indeed a beautiful and memorable evening :)

Day 1 - 12 Apostles
Day 2 - Beaches
Day 3 - Colac
Day 4 - Dee Why
Day 5 - Eurobodalla  
Day 6 - Fishers Bay
Day 8 - Huskisson
Day 9 - Illawarra
Day 10 - Jervis Bay
Day 11 - Kangaroo Valley
Day 12 - Lake Entrance
Day 13 - Melbourne
Day 14 - Narooma
Day 15 - Opera House
Day 16 - Port Stephens
Day 17 - Quad Biking
Day 18 - Roads
Day 19 - Sydney
Day 20 - The Entrance
Day 21 - Ulladulla
Day 22 - Victoria
Day 23 - Wollongong


  1. I love the Bihu dance. Although, I wasn't aware of the festival, but now I am :) The traditional drape looks awesome on you.

  2. I love the Bihu dance. Although, I wasn't aware of the festival, but now I am :) The traditional drape looks awesome on you.

  3. You look lovely. Didn't know about the Bihu dance and festival. Must look it up on youtube. Thanks for sharing.

  4. You are looking lovely in the traditional wear. It kind of looks like a sari but is obviously different. Lovely pictures and write up :)
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  5. You look beautiful in your exquisite traditional dress Raj! :) I would have loved to have seen videos of the dances: too bad! ;) <3

  6. ...BTW, so different from all your yoga pics! ;) <3

  7. Your dress is gorgeous and your pictures breath taking! ♥

  8. beautiful pics.. nd ur traditional outfit is just awesome!


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