The festivals of Northeast India are known for their exhibition of rich culture. Most of the festivals celebrated here are either related to agriculture, religion or the beginning of a new year. There are quite a number of festivals which extend over a number of days; the festivities include the folk dance and music.
The festivals also give a wonderful opportunity to people, belonging to various tribes, to unite and renew their friendship. Their mouthwatering delicacies, beautiful costumes, soulful music along with their warm hospitality and the energetic ambiance gives you all the more reason to be a part of the festivities of the seven sisters.
Kharchi Puja, Tripura
One of the popular festivals to be celebrated in Tripura is the Kharchi puja. The puja at one point of time was only performed in the households of the royalty; however, with times changing, the event became a common practice in all the households of the state. The festival is a 10 day event which involves the worship of 14 deities along with animal sacrifice.
The festival is celebrated in the month of July every year in Old Agartala in the temple of the 14 deities.
Anthurium Festival, Mizoram
This festival is a three day event which is organised to promote tourism in the state of Mizoram. The festival showcases various cultural activities which brings out traditional handicrafts, sports and much more.
The festival also includes archery, rifle shooting competitions along with the display of traditional attires.
The festival takes place at the backdrop of the majestic Reiek mountain, which guarantees rejuvenation of ones mind, body and soul.
Nongkrem Dance Festival, Meghalaya
The Nongkrem dance festival is a five day harvest festival celebrated by the members of the Khasi tribe. The religious dance festival held in Meghalaya is celebrated with high levels of enthusiasm and intensity by the Khasi tribe.
Celebrated in the month of November every year, the members of the Khasi tribe sacrifice goats as a thanksgiving offering to the local Goddess Ka Blei Synshar.
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Majuli Festival, Assam
The Majuli festival is celebrate at Garamur, in Assam on the banks of the river Lujit. The four day festival highlights the Neo-Vaishnavite culture of the region and also the state of Assam.
A grand exhibition cum sale is organised which comprises of traditional pottery, tribal clothes and handicrafts along with many other items which are made out of bamboo and cane.
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Losar Festival, Arunachal Pradesh
This is one of the most important festivals which is celebrated by the Buddhist community of Tawang. Losar is the celebration of the new year, it is also celebrated to ward off evil spirits and celebrate the new year.
The festival is celebrated on the first day in the Lunisolar Tibetan calendar which falls on a particular date in the months of February or March in the Gregorian calendar.
Also known as Sajibu Cheiraoba, the festival is the celebration of New Year in the state of Manipur. Trekking up the peak of Cheiraoching is part of the festival which is done to signify one climbing greater heights in life. The festival is celebrated annually in the month of April in the region.
Moatsu Mong, Nagaland
Moatsu Mong is the festival of the Ao tribe to mark the completion of the sowing season. The festival is held in Mokokchung district for three days which begins with the cleaning of wells and brewing of beer.
The men perform the traditional warrior dance whilst the women sing songs in praise of the Ao villages. The festival is one of the best examples which showcases the rich Naga culture, it is celebrated every year from 1st to 3rd in the month of May.
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