Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Bihar is located in the eastern part of India with the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal to its north and the states of Orissa, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh flanking its sides. Coined from the word "Vihara" meaning Buddhist Monasteries, today it is home of more than 90 million Indians.

Bihar Day celebrated on 22 March to commemorate the state’s separation from Bengal in 1912, is the one day of the year where over 103 million individual Biharis, regardless of their religious beliefs, came together in shared experience; an experience that may not be easy or necessary to articulate, but that – often unconsciously – binds them to this remarkable land and its people.

Reflecting Bihar's changing image, 'Bihar Divas' (Bihar Day) was celebrated on a grand scale not only in the state but also away from home, including in New Delhi and seven foreign countries.

A three-day extravaganza, including cultural and academic events was held at Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna. The three-day cultural gala was also organized at Gandhi Maidan with pure Bihari regional flavour, including Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and Angika folk songs apart from classical songs, ‘qawwalis’ and kavi sammelans. Bihar based associations in California, New Jersey in the US, Sydney in Australia, Seoul in South Korea, Qatar and Bahrain in the Gulf, besides Canada and Trinidad are the countries that observe Bihar Day with pomp and grandeur.

And in midst of these celebrations, how can Delhi remain behind, programs were organized at Dilli Haat, Noida Hall and Sirifort to auditorium to revive Bihar's tradition and glorify its lost culture.