Some attractive festivals in Northeast India
Aoleng Festival, Mon, Nagaland (April First week)
Hornbill Festival, Kohima, Nagaland (December 01-10)
Ziro Festival of Music, Arunachal Pradesh
Myoko Festival of Apatani tribe , Arunachal Pradesh
Mopin festival of Adi- Galong tribe , Arunachal (April first week)
Reh Fetival by Idu Mishimi tribes, Roing , East Arunachal Pradesh (February)
Pall Namm / Rass Festival By the Monks, Majuli island (November Mid)
Bihu : Assamese people celebrate lots of festival in a year.. Most important as well as colorful one is Bihu, There are 3 types of Bihu celebrate In Assam . Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu.( april)Like a spring Festival. Magh Bihu or Bhugali Bihu , a harvest festival( January 13 onwards)and Kati Bihu which is closely related to agriculture..
Ali aii Ligang : This festival celebrated by The Mising Trbes. The tribe performs their rituals and dances. Mainly This is an agriculture base festival . Celebrate in mid February.
Joon Beel Mela : It is a most unique and attractive fest in Assam, here you will see the bartar system alive, There are lots of festivals in Assam, Every community celebrate their own tradition.. , Bagroomba, Rassleela, Pall Namm, Tea festival, Kaziranga elephant festival, and lots of organized festival by the tourism department…
Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance ( Khasi Festival) : This festival is celebrated in the month of April at the Weiking grounds near Shillong also other places in Meghalaya.In every religious ritual of Khasi tribe, The finale day is the performance of a dance, a Thanks Giving Dance called 'Shad Phur', which is now called "Shad Suk Mynsiem." The religious rituals or ceremonies might concern certain families, clans, villages, raijs, or the state (Hima).The Shad Suk Mynsiem reflects the matrilineal and patrilineal aspect of the Khasi society. The man with whips and swords circles the virgins, as protectors of the honors of womanhood having a single strength and resource while the men have in them twelve strength and resource.
Behdeinkhlam Festival/ Jaiantia Tribal festival : This is Meghalaya's most colourful religious festivals, Behdeinkhlam, is celebrated for three days during July at Jowai Area ..This Festival is connected with a series of religious rites. People dance on the street to the accompaniment of drum beating and pipe playing. The women do not participate in the dancing but have an important role to play at home by offering sacrificial food to the spirits of the ancestors.Each locality prepares a decorative tower-like structure called a rath. These are carried by 30 to 40 strong people to a small lake at Aitnar for immersion. The festival climaxes when the khnong (the most sacred tree) is brought to the centre of each locality.In the afternoon datlawakor is played between two teams from the upper and lower valleys of the Myntdu River. It is a kind of soccer with a wooden ball. Those who win are believed to be blessed with a good harvest.
Laho Dance : The Jaintia Tribal People have another dance festival for entertainment. Named as Laho Dance. Members of both the sexes participate in this dance festival, attired in their best finery, usually two young men on either side of a girl, linking arms together, dance in step. In place of the usual drums and pipe, there is a cheer leader, usually a man gifted with the talent of spontaneous recitation. He recites ribald couplets to the merriment of the audience.
Chad Sukra : This is celebrated during the middle of April or early May every year by the Pnar people.Pnar people believe that a farmer could start sowing the seeds on his land only after the festival is over. The festival is observe to invoke God, the Creator, to protect their crops from all forms of natural calamities .
Festivals form an integral part of the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh. Most of the festivals are celebrated to thank providence for benefits received.
As there are myriad of tribal communities, the festivals are celebrated through out the year in one community or the other.
Animal sacrifices are common in most of the festivals, particularly in the non-Bodic tribes. The festivals have firmly blended with the lifestyle of the people. For some communities like the Mijis these are occasions, which bring all people together, who otherwise remain scattered in far-flung villages.
Different groups celebrate the springtime festivals from January to April. In the celebration of these festivals, the priests assisted by some select male members generally perform the religious rites and sacrifices.
Some of the important festivals celebrated by the people are
Solung, Mopin, Losar, Boori Boot, Dree, Nechi Dau, Chalo-loku, Longte Yullo,Ojiale, Reh, Sanken, Si-Donyi, Nyokum -Yullo, and Tamladu, Music festival Ziro
Nagaland is a land of many festivals. It is inhabited by 16 main tribes. Some of the tribes that live in the state are the Kukis, the Changs, the Angamis, the Aos, the Konyaks, the Kacharis, the Chakhesangs, the Sumis, the Lothas, the Pochurys etc. All these tribes have their unique culture, tradition, customs and festivals. Throughout the year Nagaland celebrates various tribal festivals. All the tribes of Nagaland have their unique and indigenous festivals.
As agriculture is the main source of income for the people of Naga society, most of the festivals revolve round agriculture. They deeply believe in the blessing of Nature. Some religious and spiritual sentiments are interlinked with the rites and rituals of the festivals. They believe in the Supreme Being who is recognized with a variety of names in different Naga dialects. During these festivals, the Village Shaman sacrifices to appease the Gods. They pray for a bountiful harvest and the happiness of the community.
Some major Festiavls :
Moatsu Festival : The Moatsu Festival is celebrated in Nagaland by the Ao tribe. It is observed every year in the first week of May. During this Nagaland festival, a number of rituals are performed. After sowing the seeds, the Aos observe Moatsu Mong. The main aim of Moatsu festival is to seek the blessings of Almighty God after completing the various activity.
Sekrenyi Festival : The Sekrenyi Festival is celebrated every year in the month of February. It is celebrated by the Angamis tribe of Nagaland in India. On the 25th day of the Angami month of "Kezei", Sekrenyi usually falls. The festival continues for ten days. Sekrenyi is also called Phousnyi by the Angami tribals. The Festival of Sekrenyi is associated with a series of rituals and ceremonies.
Sankarni Festival : Nagaland Sankarni Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Zemis. Sankarni festival at Nagaland is said to coincide with Shivaratri, an important festival of the Hindus in India. The Sankarni festival is celebrated for a period of one week with enormous fun and gaiety.
Sankarni festival of Nagaland is celebrated with pomp and show. The festival is marked with a number of celebrations that include eating and drinking, as well as smoking. Cheerful songs are also an integral part of the Nagaland Sankarni festival. Young boys and girls take active part in this Nagaland festival.
Rengma Ngadah Festival : Rengma Ngadah Festival is celebrated by the Rengmas of Nagaland. Rengma Ngadah Festival at Nagaland is observed to mark the auspicious end of the agricultural year at the end of November. Rengma Ngadah festival is a festival of thanksgiving, merry-making and fun.
Hornbill Festival : Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.
Chapchar Kut : This Beautiful Festival is celebrated during spring time after the jhum cutting is over, is perhaps, the most joyous of the Mizo festivals. The season is ideal. The winter bows out yielding place to the spring which reinvigorates nature and brings a freshness to human life. The Mizos, irrespective of age and gender distinction, participate in the festival. Decked in colourful dresses, boys and girls go on a dancing spree which sometimes last all through the night.
Pawl kut : This post-harvesting festival is celebrated during December-January. Again, a mood of thanksgiving is evident, because the difficult task of tilling and harvesting is over. Community feasts are organised and dances are performed. Mothers with their children sit on memorial platform and feed one another. This custom, which is also performed during Chapchar Kut, is known as Chhawnghnawt. Drinking of rice-beer is also part of the festival. These two days of festivities are followed by a day of complete rest when no one goes out to work.
The Land of Festivals, Manipur celebrates lots of festival
Yaoshang(Dol Jatra) : Celebrated for five days commencing from the full-moon day of Phalgun (February/March), Yaoshang is the premier festival of Manipur. The Thabal Chongba, a kind of Manipuri folk dance in which boys and girls hold hands and dance away their blues in festive tube-lit ambience is an inseparable part of the festival. Young and old folks collect donation from house to house and the money so collected is spent in parties and feasts. However, of late, time and energy earlier spent in this festival has been utilized in locally organized games and sports meets. Athletes got a shot in the arm, ever since.
Ratha Jatra : One the greatest festivals of the Hindus of Manipur, the festival is celebrated for about 10 days in the month of Ingen (June/July). Lord Jaganath leaves his temple in a Rath locally known as Kang pulled by pilgrims who vie with one another for this honour. Chumpha (Festival of Tangkhul Nagas):-Celebrated for seven days in the month of December, the Chumpha festival is a great festival of the Tangkhul Nagas. The festival is held after harvest. The last three days are devoted to social gatherings and rejoicing. Unlike other festivals women play a special role in the festival. The concluding part of the festival ends with a procession within the village.
Chumpha (Festival of Tangkhul Nagas) : Celebrated for seven days in the month of December, the Chumpha festival is a great festival of the Tangkhul Nagas. The festival is held after harvest. The last three days are devoted to social gatherings and rejoicing. Unlike other festivals women play a special role in the festival. The concluding part of the festival ends with a procession within the village.
Manipur Sangai Festival : Every year the Government of Manipur, Spearheaded by the Tourism Department, celebrates the Manipur Sangai Festival from 21st to 30th of November. The Festival strives to showcase and promote the best of what the state has to offer to the world in terms of art and culture, handloom, handicrafts & fine arts, indigenous sports, cuisines & music, eco & adventure sports as well as the scenic natural beauty of the land. Moreover, the Festival has assumed great significance in recent years and the 2011 edition essential celebrates ethnic diversity of Manipur Society. Participation of various Indian States, foreign traders and cultural troupes in the Festival this year will make it grander in scale and style. Further many entertaining items like Fashion Shows, Rock Shows, etc. The Festival is the right venue for innovative people with innovative ideas meet on a common platform.( C- MSF)
Some major festivals in Tripura.
Kharchi Festival : Kharchi Puja is one of the most important festivals of Tripura. This Famouse Festival is Celebrated in the month of July, It is a week long festival during which 14 gods are worshipped.The word "Kharchi" is derived from 'khya' which means 'earth' and hence, the festival is also known as the worship of earth. The main celebration takes place at the premises of the Chaturdasha Devta temple in the capital city Agartala.
Sonam Losoong : One of the most Important festival in Sikkim is like a New year fest by the sikkimies bhutias. Continues for 15 days..on this occation pujas are perfomed for a peacefull new year..
Dassai : This festival celebratby the Nepali during the durga puja time..
Geel : scarifying birds
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