Tinsukia is surrounded by mother nature on all sides. Located in the northern most part of Assam, Tinsukia is a huge district, which has abundance of fauna and flora. People residing here are humble and simple and have retained the way of Assamese culture, food, festival and religion.
The culture of Tinsukia consists of lively and colourful traditions of the people residing here in the district. The tribal communities dwelling in this part of Assam have their own indigenous heritage and culture and is very rich and diverse with a lot of festivals and fairs that are celebrated with spirit and zest by the people here. The traditional attires and folklore of this place has its own charm and beauty.
Festivals of Tinsukia
Festivals consist an important part of any culture. Some of the festivals that are celebrated in this district are Bihu, Shapawang Yawng Manau Poi, Tuluni and Saghi Festival, Ali aye Ligang, etc. Shapawang Yawng manau Poi is a very important dance festival of the Singhpo tribe which is celebrated in Tinsukia with pomp and gaiety. The festival is celebrated on the 14th of February every year. The semi naga tribe is another important tribe of Tinsukia district and Tuluni festival is an important festival of the tribe. Ali-Aye-Ligang is a festival celebrated by the Mishing tribe at the end of the month of February. Bihu is the festival of Assam. It is of three types and each Bihu has its own significance. There is Bohag Bihu, Magh Bihu and Kati Bihu. Another important festival of the Semi nagas, is the Saghi festival.
Food of Tinsukia
The Assamese people are hard core non-vegetarians and hence fish and meat consists of a very major part of their food. Some of the local food of the area are Maasor tenga (sour fish curry), aloo pitika (potato mash), khar, murgir manxor jool (chicken curry), dal, xaak bhaji (green leaves fry), chutney, pickle and curd. After food, it is almost a habit of the people of Assam to have paan and betel nut (tamul) and offering it is a mark of respect. Apart from Assamese food, there are also other tribes residing here who prepare other types of delicacies with pork, fermented fish and other herbs and green spices.
Dance and Music in Tinsukia
Dance and music comprises of an important part of the Tinsukia culture. In order to keep alive the rich culture and heritage of the Assamese, the people of Tinsukia are always involved in their traditional music and folklore. The most important dance and music form of the people here is the Bihu dance. Accompanied by some wonderful instruments such as ‘dhol’ and ‘pepa’, bihu is a dance form which mesmerizes the people and the music lures them.