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Do You Know North-East India Is Known For Its Winter Events? Read To Know Some

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North-East India is connected to mainland India through the chicken neck, known for its lush greenery beauty. The most impressive and attractive part of India has its own unique culture and practices with a dialect of its own. The only way to understand and experience the uniqueness of the culture of the region is to attend the festivals celebrated in the respective states. The events give an experience of displaying traditional costumes, reflecting ethnical art forms, and exquisite dishes. Let us explore some events throughout North-East India.

Cherry Blossom, Meghalaya

The pink blossom is expected to bloom on the paths of Shillong by early November. These vibrant and beautiful flowers grow in the woods and are seen during November across the state. Umpteen competitions including singing, fashion shows, etc are organized during the three-day event. The Cherry Blossom Festival has become a massive hit among the neighboring states of Shillong drawing a large footfall of visitors every year.

Dambuk Orange Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

India’s first adventure and music festival has a massive lineup of bands and sports to keep your adrenaline rush going. Dambuk is the valley of orange orchards that is nestled in the beautiful hills of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is driven by its passion for Adventure, Music & Traveling. So, camping is available under the Orange Orchards where one can hustle free BBQ, and jam with friendly campers by the campfire and hills.

Hornbill Festival, Kohima Nagaland

Hornbill Festival is an important festival in Nagaland which is related to agriculture. It is celebrated on December 1 every year in Kisama Heritage Village. The festival is celebrated by all the major tribes in Nagaland witnessing cultural vividness. It brings the opportunity to connect. The warrior log drums, the sight of colorful headgear, and soulful hue and cry of war, and extraordinary costumes are the highlights of the festival.

Ziro Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

The Ziro Festival of Music was started initially in 2012 and was founded by Bobby Hano and guitarist Anup Kutty hosted by the local Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro Music Festival is celebrated in the Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh, a hill station in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal. The festival is one of the most excellent music festivals in India and represents independent music talent from all over India and outside of India. The festival has featured artists like Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, Menwhopause, MONO, Indus Creed, and so on.

Losoong, Sikkim, North-East

Losoong is celebrated each year in December as the Sikkimese New Year. It is when all the farmers come to celebrate their harvest. The Losoong Festival is a traditional celebration of the Bhutia tribe. The Lepchas also celebrate it with equal vigor and zeal. Some of the important focuses of these events are dances performed (like Cham Dance and Black Hat Dance) at the monasteries, locally brewed wine (Chaang), and Archery.

Nongkrem Dance Festival, Meghalaya

Nongkrem Dance Festival is also a festival of harvest. It is celebrated in November by the Khasi Tribe. They practice sacrifices and offer goats as a thanksgiving offering to the Goddess Ka Blei Synshar. These festivals are celebrated by young men and women dressed in interesting traditional costumes performing tribal dance. It is held in Smit about 15kms from the city of Shillong in Meghalaya.

Wangala Festival, Meghalaya

Wangala is a festival celebrated by the Garo tribe in Meghalaya. Heralded in the second week of November each year in Asanang village near Tura in the Garo Hills is a post-harvest celebration. It is celebrated in the honor of Misi Saljong, a generous giver. The chief of the village, Nokma performs the rituals before the festival begins with freshly brewed rich beer, cooked rice, and vegetables which are offered to Misi Saljong. Wangala Festival is also called the ‘100 Drum Wangala Festival’. The main celebration is the music, drums, orchestra and flutes offer a wonderful and amazing vibe that signifies the mood for festivity.


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