Festivals of North East India|feedfactoory.com

Updated: Oct 4, 2021

India is a land of festivals. Toady let us see the important festivals of the Northern Eastern part of India. The North Eastern states are unique in their culture, tradition and way of living. They mesmerize us with a blend of both historic practices as well as the modern western practices.

1. Majuli Festival

This is one of the most modern festivals held in Majuli that is in the state of Assam. It is celebrated in the banks of River Luit, which happens to have the biggest river island in the world. This festival starts on the 21st of November each year and continues to the 24th of the same month.

2. Bihu Festival

Bohag Bihu is one of the most popular festivals of Assam and helds for celebrating the Assamese New year. Although the Assamese celebrate Bihu festival thrice in a year, the Bohag Bihu is the most anticipated one. The three Bihu's are Bohag or Rongali Bihu, Kati or Kongali Bihu, Maagh or Bhogali Bihu.

3. Saga Dawa and Losoong festival

Saga dawa and Losoong both are celebrated in the state of Sikkim. Losoong is celebrated in honour of the Sikkimese New year.

Saga Dawa is celebrated in the Buddhist communities living in the state of Sikkim. It is celebrated on the full moon day that falls in the middle of the Tibetan lunar month called the saga dawa. It is celebrated to commence the birth, enlightment and death of the the Buddha.

4. Hornbill and Sekrenyi festival

It is one of the major agricultural festivals celebrated in the state of Nagaland. All the major Naga Tribes attend this festival and congregate at the Kisama Hertiage village.

The festival of Sekrenyi is celebrated in the month of February by the Angami tribe of Nagaland. The objective of the festival is to renew and "make holy" by cleansing the "body and the soul" of the village as a whole, and to bring forth unity among all communities of Nagaland.

5. Cheiraoba and Kang Chingba festival

Cheiroba is celebrated all across the state of Manipur, as it is the New year according to the Manipuri tribes. The festival is also related to the domestic deity called Sanamahi worshipped by the Manipuri people.

Kang Chingba is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated in the State of Manipur. It is similar to the Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra (Oddisha) and draws many antecedents from the same.

6. Wangala festival

The dominant Garo tribe of Meghalaya celebrates the Wangala festival. It indicates the beginning of the winter and is celebrated as a nod to the post harvest season. Wangala Festival is also celebrated in honour of Saljong, the Sun-god of fertility.

7. Kharchi Puja

This festival primarily originates from the state of Tripura. The festival is celebrate din the honour of Lord Shiva. The rituals are observed for a whole week in the temple dedicated to the 14 gods which is located in the state's capital city of Agartala. The festival is celebrated on the 8th day of the new moon in the month of July.


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