FESTIVALS OF ARUACHAL PRADESH


FESTIVALS OF ARUACHAL PRADESH





Arunachal Pradesh is home of more the 25 different types of tribes and sub-tribes, each tribes has their own culture and traditional customs. Each tribe celebrates their festivals in very colorful way followed by Folks Songs and dance, Community feast is served to guest and visitors. Sacrifice of animals and fowls are common.




1.  Nyokum Festival.












Nyokum is the main festival of Nyishi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. This festival is celebrated on 26th February of every year to propitiate the Gods and Spirits for bumper harvest, welfare and prosperity, it is an agricultural festival. The priest and villager elder head the celebration of festival. Traditional songs, dances, animals sacrifice and community feast are the features of this festival. The priest perform number of religious rituals for three to four days, appeasing to different God and Goddess for blessing prosperous life to the mankind.

2.  Si-Donyi Festival.








Si-Donyi festival of Tagin Community of Arunachal Pradesh, this festival is celebrated on 6th January of every year. This festival is celebrated for the welfare and prosperity of people. Rituals are performed by the priest to appease the Si (Earth) and the Donyi (Sun) God. Irrespective of age, sex and sects of everyone participate in the festival. Folk dance and songs are perform, Community feast is also organized in the end of festivals.


3.  Dree Festival.









Dree festival is celebrated by the Apatani people Arunachal Pradesh. It is the main festival of Apatani Community this festival is associated with agriculture. This festival is celebrated on 5th July of every year for three days after completion of plantation of paddy field to propitiate spirit and deities seeking for bumper cropping, welfare and prosperity of the people and animals. The rituals are performed with the help of priest. Folk songs and dances are performed by the people of this community, foods and drinks are lavishly served. Community feast are organized on the occasion and served to the guest and visitors.

4.  Mopin Festival.








Mopin is festivals of Galo tribe of Arunachal Pradesh which is celebrated on the month of April of every year. Mopin is agricultural festival of Galo community. Mopin is synonymous with wealth and prosperity of the people. It is observed with enthusiasm and gaiety. Rituals are performed by the priestto propitiate the diety Pinku-Pinte of wealth seeking rich harvest, good health and universal happiness. A community feast, rubbing of rice powder on face of each other and Ponung dance are the main features of this festival.


5.  Solung Festival.









Solung is colourful festival of Adi-Minyong-Padam group, which is lasted for seven days. The villager prepares rice beer and plenty of rice, meat and vegetables for the joyous occasion to entertain guest and family members. This is agricultural festival which is celebrated on 1st week September of every year. This festival is celebrated for bumper cropping and prosperity of the people. Rituals are performed by the priest to propitiate the Solung diety and to appease the Gods and Spirit. Ponung and other folk dances, folk songs are the features of this festival.

6.  Loku Festival.


Loku is the main festival of Noctes peole. Renglo Loku is celebrated on advent of agricultural season while Chalo Loku is celebrated after harvesting season on month of November every year. The animals sacrifice to almighty with help priest. This festival is also celebrated for the welfare and prosperity of the people. Tha famous Chalo dance and Loku dance are performed by the people of this tribe during festival.

7.  Losar Festival.







The Losar is New Year festival of the Buddhist Community like Monpa, Sherdukpens, Memba, Khamba and Nah. This festival is celebrated on 11th February of every year. During festival days a series of worship are performed y the Lama to have a good life and to obtain blessing for the entire community for peace and prosperity.The festival of celebrated in the Buddhist temple like Gompa. The Lamas recite the appropriate religious text on the occasion. Different Pentomime dances are performed by the male folks. Torgya is another festival celebrated at Tawang Monastry from 6th to 8th January.


8.  Sanken Festival.








Sanken is the biggest festival of Khamtis and Singphos Community which is celebrated on Month of April every year. The image Lord Buddha is, the enlightened one is brought out of its abode and bathed ceremoniously. It is a new year’s festival. During the festival days monks and villager pours water on the images of Lord Buddha. They also sprinkle water on each other with great fun and merriment. It is basically Socio-religious festival.

9.  Reh Festival.








Reah Festival is celebrated by the Idu Mishmi tribes of Arunachal Pradesh this festival is celebrated on the Month of February every year. The animals and fowls are sacrificed and offered in the name of different Gods and deities for the welfare and prosperity of the people. Igu dance is performed by the community during festival. The priest performed all rituals ceremony. The festival is celebrated by all three communities Idu, Digaru and Miju.


10.            Oriah/Ojiyale Festival.



Oriah or Ojiyale is an agricultural festival celebrated by the Wanchos tribe of Arunachal Pradesh on of February every year. This Festival is celebrated for 4 to 6 days to propitiate Gods. Traditional dances and songs are performed by the people of this tribe. Animals and fowls are offered in the rituals with the help of priest. Community feast is organized and food and drinks are served.

11.            Chidang Festival.







Chidang festival is colorful festivals of Miji tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is an annual festival associate with agriculture. The festival is celebrated up to ten days. The festival is headed by priest and village elders, who perform ritualistic part by chanting hymns on the day. Traditional dances, songs and traditional games sport are organized. Community feast, sacrifice of animals and fowls are main features of this festival.

12.            Boori-Boot Yullo Festival.

Boori-Boot Yullo festivl is celebrated by the Hill Miri tribes of Arunachal Pradesh on the month of February every year. This festival is also associated agricultural festival. The festivalappeals to God Boori Uii for blessing of bumper harvesting of crops and prosperous life of the people. Traditional dances, songs and sacrifice of animals and fowls are the main features of this festival.

13.            Moh-Moh Festival.

Mol-Moh festival is celebrated by the Tangsa tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. This festival is celebrated on the month of April every year, this festival is alos associated with agriculture. Ritual Rom-Rom is performed to appease Goddess of crop Tuengia-Chamja to seek blessing for bumper crop and prosperous life.

14.            Nyetshhidow Festival.






This festival is celebrated by the Aka community of Arunachal Pradesh on the month of November every year. The priest and village elders head the festival. Traditional songs, dances and sacrifice of animals are performed to appease the the different Gods and Goddess for blessing of prosperous life.

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