Fairs & Festival
Festivals in the Garo Hills
marking the yield of godd harvest is annually held in November and
last for a week. It is performed in honour of 'Satyong', the God
of fertility. Wangala means dance of Hundred Drum festival and people
dressed in their colourful costumes dance to the beat of long cylindrical
In this form of dance the women try to knock off the turbans
of their male partner using their head. If they succeed, it is followed
by peals of laughter.
Chambil mesara or Pomelo Dance
In this solo dance-form the performer dangles a pomelo on
a cord tied to his waist and then hurls it around without any perceptible
movement of the hips. Expert dancers can hurl two separate fruits
hung on a cord.
Festivals in the Khasi Hills
This festival is held annually during October/ November,
at Smit, the capital of the Khyrim Syiemship near Shillong in order
to offer thanks to the almighty God for good harvest, peace and
prosperity of the community. 'Pomblang' or goat sacrifice is offered
by the subjects to the Syiem of Khyrim, the administrative head
of the Hima (Khasi State). The dance is performed by young virgins
and men, both bachelors and married.
Shad Suk Mynsiem
This thanksgiving dance festival, which means dance of the
joyful heart is held in Shillong in April and lasts for three days.
Men and women dressed in traditional fineries dance to the drums
and the flute.
Festivals in Jaintia Hills
This festival is an invocation to God seeking his blessings
for a good harvest and is celebrated annually in July after the
sowing period. Young men make a symbolic gesture of driving away
of the evil spirit, plague and pestilence by beating of the roof
of every house with bamboo poles.
This dance is performed by both male and female for entertainment.
Attired in their best finery, two young men on either side of a
woman, holding arms together dance in step.
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