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FESTIVALS OF NORTH-EAST INDIA

FESTIVALS OF NORTH-EAST INDIA

  1. Sajibu Cheiraoba:
  • Celebrated in Manipur to mark the beginning of a new year
  • Observed on the first lunar day of the lunar month Sajibu (March/April) by the Meiteis community
  • On this occasion, people clean and decorate their houses and arrange joint family feast
  • After meals, people start climb the Cheiraochinglocated in Chingmeirong or tops of nearby hills in the afternoon to offer prayers
  • Later in the night,Thabal Chongba, a local folk dance is also being organized at different locations of Manipur valley
  1. Kang Chingba
  • It is the biggest Hindu festival in Manipur.
  • It is celebrated in the month of July each year and is similar to Puri Rath Yatra.
  • It is an 8-day festival, which celebrates the journey of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra, and sister Subhadra.
  1. Chapchar Kut:
  • Celebrated across the north-eastern state of Mizoram and also in the Mizo-inhabited areas in the neighbouring states
  • It is a spring festival celebrated every year in month of March
  • It is celebrated after completion of Jhum operation (shifting agriculture by clearing jungle by burning and cultivating in remnants of burning)
  1. Anthurium
  • It is a major festival in Mizoram.
  • It is celebrated with an objective of promoting tourism
  • It is held in the month of September each year.
  1. Losar:
  • Losar is a major festival in Arunachal Pradesh as it marks the Tibetan New Year.
  • Tribes like Monpa, Sherdukpens, Memba, Khamba and Nah following the Mahayana sect of Buddhism celebrate this festival with all pomp.
  • This three-day festival begins on February 11 each year.
  1. Wangala
  • It is a winter festival in Meghalaya that is mainly celebrated by the Garo tribe.
  • It is held in the second week of November each year in Asanang village near Tura in the Garo Hills
  • It is a post-harvest celebration.
  1. Saga Dawa
  • Saga Dawa is one of the major Buddhist festivals in Sikkim
  • It is celebrated in the Tibetan lunar month.
  • It is called the ‘Month of Merits’ and is celebrated between May and June.
  • The festival commemorates the birth, enlightment and death of the Buddha
  1. Losoong
  • Losoong is the Sikkimese New Year and is celebrated each year in the month of December.
  • It is also that time of the year when the farmers celebrate their harvest.
  • Although it is a traditional festival of the Bhutia tribe, the Lepchas also celebrate it with equal vigour and zeal.
  • Dances are performed (Cham Dance and Black Hat Dance) at the monasteries and the people drink the locally brewed wine called Chaang.
  • Archery competition is also organized to further enhance the festival spirit.
  1. Ambubachi Mela
  • It is celebrated during the month of June in the Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam.
  • Thousands of devotees from all over India and abroad throng the temple; thus this mela is called the ‘Mahakumbh of the East’
  1. Dree
  • Although Dree is the festival of the Apatani Tribe, it has gained in popularity amongst other tribes in Arunachal Pradesh as well.
  • The festival takes place on July 5 each year
  • It is celebrated to ensure a good harvest
  • During the festival, people offer prayers to four Gods namely, Tamu, Harniang, Metii, and Danyi
  1. Nongkrem Dance Festival
  • It is harvest festival of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It is celebrated in the month of November each year by the Khasi Tribe, who sacrifices goats as a thanksgiving offering to Goddess Ka Blei Synshar.
  • It is a five day festival in which young men and women dressed in interesting traditional costume perform tribal dance.
  1. Moatsu Mong, Nagaland
  • It is a festival of the Ao tribe in Nagaland
  • It marks the completion of the sowing season.
  • It is a three-day festival that is celebrated from May 1 to 3 each year.
  1. Lui-Ngai-Ni
  • It is celebrated by almost all the tribes of the Nagas; thus it is celebrated not only in Nagaland but in Manipur (Naga inhabited areas) as well.
  • It takes place on February 15 each year
  • It marks the seed sowing season.
  1. Bihu
  • The Assamese celebrate Bihu thrice in a year namely, Bohag or Rongali Bihu, Kaati or Kongali Bihu and Maagh or Bhogali Bihu.
  • Bohag Bihu is celebrated to welcome the Assamese New Year
  • The first day of Bohag Bihu is called Goru Bihu, in which cow and bulls are bathed and fed
  • Bihu Dance is performed on a regular basis for a month.

 

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