Raas Mahotsav is
celebrated in every year at Howly town and a grand fair is
held centered round this festival.
festival and fair attract large crowds of people not only from
all over the district of Barpeta, but also from neighboring district
including adjacent state of West Bengal.
This Raas Mela
has developed a tradition of its own and holds a separate
identity for its uniqueness and indigenous clarity. Uniqueness
in the sense that though it is a religious festival it is a
symbol of secular mood in the district. The Mela symbolizes
brotherhood irrespective of the religious diversity.
Indigenous in the sense that though all kinds of trade and
business and entertainments are there, the Mahotsav has been
able to retain itís indigenousness by keeping programmes like
Oja-Pali, Dhulia, Yatra, Kabigaan, Naam Kirtan among others. A
brief sketch of the Mela is given below.