Festivals of North East India are colorful and full of cultural delight. And these festive occasions are the perfect time for tourists to get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the region. The festivals of the North East India are marked with symbolic rituals, platonic hospitality, and elaborate feasts. Music and dance form a vital part of the celebrations. Here are some of the top festivals of North East India that will simply amaze you. And, if you are planning a trip to visit North East India, you must make sure you get a chance to attend one of these festivals.
Tea Festival – The Tea Festival of Assam is organized every year in November. And this amazing festival is more than just about tea and is an extravaganza filled with music, golf, sports, and several fun filled activities.
Brahmaputra Beach Festival – It’s a cultural and traditional extravaganza of Assam’s unique heritage with a tinge of modernity. The festival backed and supported by the ATDC is held every year during the month of January and February on the banks of mighty river Brahmaputra.
Bihu – Bihu is the festival of prosperity and harmony and widely accepted as the chief festival of Assam. Irrespective of caste, creed religion or faith, the festival is celebrated with much fanfare and jubilation by the Assamese people. Three types of Bihu festival is celebrated every year in the months of Bohaag (mid April), Maagh (mid January) and Kaati (mid of October). Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu celebrated during mid April is considered as the most important Bihu festival.
Anthurium – Anthurium is one of the major festivals of Mizoram and is celebrated every year during the month of September. It’s a festival for promoting the tourism potential of the state. The main function of the festival is held at the Reiek tourist resort, located in an idyllic and scenic locale of Reiek village in Aizawl, the capital city. The place is located some 70 km from the main commercial hub of the Aizawl.
Thalfavang Kut – The festival is celebrated in November every year in order to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of the different tribes of Mizoram. Thalfavang Kut marks the end of the harvest season.
Chapchar Kut – The festival is closely related with cultural and traditional belief of the Mizos. It is a festival of bountiful harvest and prosperity celebrated at the start of February as a symbolic gesture seeking the blessing of the almighty.
Kharchi Puja – It is a sacred religious festival observed during the month of July or August on the eight day of the new moon. During this day, Kharchi puja is performed on fourteen deities that are regarded as the dynasty deities of the Tripuri. The word Kharchi is a Tripuri word which closely means cleansing and hence Kharchi puja is observed to cleanse the people or the kingdom from sins or evils.
Garia Puja – It is a festival celebrated on the seven day of the month of Baisakh and usually falls during the month of April. It is a ritualistic festival performed to seek the blessings of the god for prosperity and peace.
Orange and Tourism Festival – The Orange and Tourism festival is held on the Jampui hill of Tripura every year during the month of November. The place is the said to be the only hill station in Tripura and orange is grown in abundance.
Saga Dawa – Saga Dawa is the holiest festival of all the Buddhist festivals in Sikkim. It is the festival held to commemorate the birth anniversary of the lord Gautama Buddha. The festival is also known as the triple blessing festival.
Guru Rimpoche’s Trungkar Tshechu – On the tenth day of the six month of Tibetan calendar, the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambva, also known by the name as Guru Rimpoche, is observed in Sikkim. Guru Padmasambva introduced Buddhism for the first time in Sikkim and throughout the Himalayan region during the 8th century.
Nyokum – Nyokum festival is the premier festival of the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is celebrated all across the state every year on the 26th of February.
Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival – Namdapha Eco-Cultural festival is a cultural fair of the various ethnic people of Miao sub-division of Arunachal Pradesh is held every year since 2004.
Dree Festival – The Dree Festival of Arunachal Pradesh is an agricultural festival celebrated by the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The Dree Festival is the biggest festival of the Apatanis and celebrated with zest marked by sacrificial offerings and prayers.
Hornbill Festival – Hornbill festival is celebrated on the first week of December every year. The festival is organized by the Nagaland government to showcase the rich vibrant cultural heritage of various ethnic groups of Nagaland. The main events of the festival are held at Naga Heritage village, located in Kisama which is about 12 km from the state capital Kohima.
Moatsu Mong – Moatsu Mong is the premiere festival of the Ao Nagas of Nagaland. Moatsu is usually celebrated for 3 days starting from May 1-3 and marks a festive time for merrymaking for the Ao Nagas. The main celebration of Moatsu Mong takes place in the Mokokchung district of Nagaland which is also the home of the Ao Nagas.
Sekrenyi – Sekrenyi is the festival celebrated by the Angamis, one of the ethnic groups of Nagaland. Usually, the festival falls in the month of February. It is the festival of good fortune and prosperity.
Sangai Festival – Sangai festival is the tourism festival of Manipur, designed and organized by the state government. The festival showcases the unique cultural and traditional heritage of the people the state.
Lui-nga- ni – Lui-nga- ni festival is one of the biggest festivals organized in the state. It is the major festival of the Manipuri Naga ethnic groups and is held every year on the 15th of February. This festival marks the beginning of the sowing season.
Kut festival – Kut festival is one of the major festivals of the Kuki Mizo chin groups of people. The festival is celebrated as a thanks giving festival for bountiful harvest on the first day of November every year.
Wangala Festival – Wangala Festival of Meghalaya which is also known as the “100 Drum Wangala Festival” is an enchanting winter festival. Practiced traditionally by the Garos, it is the annual harvest festival of Meghalaya and is celebrated in the honor of Misi Saljong, The Great Giver. Wangala Festival signifies the beginning of winter and also marks the end of labor in fields ushering in a period of relaxation and merry making.
Shillong Autumn Festival – It is a festival jointly organized by the government and other agencies for the attraction of tourists in the state. The festival is an extravaganza of festivity and merriment.
Behdienkhlam Festival – It is an annual festival of the Jaintias or Pnar people of Meghalaya. The festival usually falls at the end of the June or the beginning of July. It is a festival observed to ward off evils and diseases.
Festivals in North East India are a celebration of the way of life of the people her. They are vibrant, colorful, and exuberate a great sense of mysticism and cultural euphoria. So, make sure you include one of these festivals in your itinerary. They will simply amaze you!