Cuisine: Prepared with minimal use of spices and edible oil, the delicate flavourings lend the Assamese cuisine its distinctive taste. Known for its nutritional and therapeutic value, it is largely non-vegetarian, and an absolute delight for fish lovers.
Rice is the staple food, which is enjoyed roasted and ground, boiled and flattened, soaked and puffed, steamed and wrapped in leaves! Different varieties of rice and rice powders are used for different types of preparations. A bit spicy is the Poita Bhat, which is cooked rice soaked overnight and flavoured with mustard, chillies and onions. Pithas, a regional delicacy is a special rice preparation relished in festive times.
Visitors are in for a feast of traditional Asomiya meals served at the village 'Food Museum', the community managed restaurant that offers a stunning view of the river Brahmaputra. The regional specialty is the fish curry cooked in various styles. Mutton, duck, chicken and pigeon are also popular. An array of sweet, sour and tangy chutneys accompanies the meal.
Festivals: The village calendar is bursting with celebrations through the year. Some of the major festivals celebrated in this region are Magh Bihu (festival of food celebrated during Makar Sankranti); Bohag Bihu (spring festival, also known as Rongali Bihu); Kati Bihu (festival of peasants); Saraswati Puja (worshipping the goddess of knowledge) Id-ul-Fitr (celebrated after the holy muslim month of Ramzan), Baishagu: (spring festival of Bodo community); Durga Puja (worshipping goddess Shakti); Lakshmi Puja (worshipping goddess of wealth); Kali Puja and Deepawali (worshipping goddess Kali and festival of light) and Nao Khel (boat race).
Folk traditions:Sualkuchi flaunts a harmonious symphony inspite of a multifarious culture. Interestingly, the Gondhmow hamlet of Sualkuchi is home to Assamese Hindus and Muslims, as well as Bodo (tribal) groups. The folk music tradition of 'Naam Geet' and 'Borgeet', which is the devotional song of the Baishnavs co-exists with 'Jikir & Jari', the devotional song of Assamese muslims and 'Kamrupi Lokageet', folk songs of Kamrup District. The rural folk revel in the socio-religious diversity, which is expressed with an admirable flair.
The folk and traditional dance forms are Bihu and Bagurumba (Bodo folk dance). Traditional form of dance and song is performed in courtyards of the village houses during the full moon of Assamese Aghon (November) month. The young dress as a bear using dry leaves of banana plant and dance to typical songs with names such as Hou Re Hou, Mohou Hou, Kana Kuji, Ekphal Hou. This tradition is believed to expel the 'Moh' (buffalo or mosquito) from the premises of the homes.
Traditional dance form of the Bodo tribe, the 'Bagurumba Dance' is performed by Bodo girls to satisfy five Hindu Gods, and in fact has been inspired by these divine forms. Instruments like kham (madal), sifung (bahi), Serja (serenda or bina) and jatha (taal) are put to robust use in all musical renditions.