Guwahati, Jan 15 (Agencies): People in Assam on Saturday celebrated the harvest festival of Magh Bihu by burning traditional 'mejis' and praying to the fire god not to unleash wrath during the summer.

With the granaries full, celebrations for this agrarian festival began last night on Uruka when community feasts were arranged and people prepared local delicacies of fish and meat.

Also known as Bhogali or feasting, this Bihu is a celebration of food after a good harvest and a variety of sweets are prepared from rice, coconut, sesame and jaggery.

In a spirit of brotherhood irrespective of religion, people from all communities together build 'mejis' with bamboo, wood, leaves and hay days ahead of Bihu.

At the crack of dawn today, the 'mejis', also known as 'bhelaghars', were set ablaze to the chanting of prayers appealing the god of fire (Agni) to cause no destructions during the coming dry months.

Respects were paid to elders with 'gamosas' (traditional scarves) and greetings exchanged among relatives and friends with the partaking of sweetmeats as 'pithas' made with the sticky 'bora' rice peculiar to this area.

Visits to temples are also made on the occasion of Bihu and Makar Sankranti. In many places different types of sports like 'tekeli bhonga' (pot-breaking), buffalo fight, egg fight, cock fight, Bulbul bird fights are also organised as part of the traditional celebrations.