UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-1

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    Consider the following statements about Bihu festivals of Asom.
    1. The Bihu festivals are associated with different farming seasons of Asom.
    2. Assamese celebrate three types of Bihus namely Rongaali Bihu, Kaati Bihu and Magh Bihu.
    3. These three Bihus mark distinct phases of the wheat crop grown in Asom.
    4. Rongaali Bihu marks the starting of Assamese newyear
    Which of the statements given above are correct?

    A)  1, 2 and 3                    

    B)  3 and 4            

    C)  1, 2 and 4                    

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    The origin of the word 'Bihu' is said to be from the Sanskrit word 'Vishu'. The Assamese celebrate three types of Bihu in a year.
    1. Rongaali Bihu is celebrated in the middle of April, marks the advent of new year and seeding time.
    2. Kaati Bihu marks the completion of sowing of 'paddy' and transplantation of the saplings. It also marks the Assamese New Year.
    3. Magh Bihu marks the culmination of the harvesting period. These festivals are also accompanied by Bihu songs and Bihu dances. The entire Assamese community irrespective of caste, creed and religions background, celebrates the Bihu festival.

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