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Chapchar Kut Festival of Mizoram

The Chapchar Kut is one of the oldest festivals of Mizoram and has a great cultural significance. It is an annual harvest festival celebrated in the month of March. It is a weeklong festival and celebrated with great pomp and gaiety. Chapchar Kut marks the preparation before the onset of the sowing season and is celebrated during the time when jungles are cleared, bamboos and trees are cut down, and the land is prepared for jhum cultivation. Folk music and traditional dance performances are the major festivities of Chapchar Kut. And people from various tribal communities, from all ages and walks of life come together and participate in this festival. Dressed in traditional attire, different tribal communities compete with each other in dance and music. The Bamboo dance is one of the major attractions of Chapchar Kut where only women folk take part in it. It is a very interesting dance form where the men folks tap the bamboos and open and close in rhythmic beats as the dancer steps in and out gracefully to the beats of the bamboos. The festival is an amazing sight with people dressed in outfits vibrant in color and hats made from beads and feathers. Chapchar Kut is, indeed, a vibrant spring festival of Mizoram.   Image credit:...

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Places to Visit in Meghalaya

There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Meghalaya. It is a beautiful north east state abundant in natural beauty: waterfalls, caves, low lying plains, lakes, orchids, birds. The capital city, Shillong, is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ and is one of the most popular tourist hot-spots in the region. Cherrapunjee is an amazing place where it rains every night all the year round and is deemed the wettest place on earth. Places to Visit in Meghalaya Shillong Shillong the capital city is one of the best hill stations and a very popular tourist spot. The beautiful lakes and waterfalls in and around Shillong are a wonderful delight. Ward’s Lake, Shillong Cathedral, Shillong Peak, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls are some of the main must visit spots in and around Shillong. Tura Tura is a beautiful picturesque town located at the foothills of Nokrek Peak. Tura peak is the main attraction in this town. Set in the backdrop of low lying plains and beautiful lofty hills, Tura will simply captivate you. Cherrapunjee Cherrapunjee, located 4500 ft above the sea level, is believed to be the wettest place on earth where rain falls down all the year round. Covered with clouds and bedecked with pristine and abundant natural beauty, Cherrapunjee is an enchanted paradise. Jaintia Hills Home of the Jaintia tribes, the Jaintia Hills are an amazingly refreshing...

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Heikru Hidongba of Manipur

Heikru Hidongba is the traditional boat race festival celebrated in Manipur. The festival has a great heritage and celebrated with a ritualistic approach. Heikru Hidongba usually falls in the month of September. Heikru Hidongba is a festival of religious and cultural importance. The main highlight of the festival is the boat race in which two long narrow boats are used to race at Thangapat in Sagolband Bijoy Gobinda. The boats are operated by rowers and each boat has a leader or captain called the ‘Tengmai Lappa’. As a religious ritual, the race commences after offering prayers and installing the idol of Lord Vishnu. Heikru or gooseberry is offered to the lord. Intoduced in the year of 1779, the Heikru Hidongba has been a festive celebration of great cultural and religious significance where prayers and rituals are performed for prosperity and sanctity. The race is an amazing sight as crowds stand and cheer on the banks of the moat, Thangapat....

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Kharchi Puja of Tripura

Kharchi Puja is one of the most important festivals of Tripura. Celebrated in the month of July, Kharchi Puja is a week long festival during which 14 gods are worshipped. Kharchi is derived from ‘khya’ which means ‘earth’ and hence, the festival is also known as the worship of earth.  The main celebration takes place at the premises of the Chaturdasha Devta temple in the capital city Agartala. Kharchi Puja is a celebration spread over 7days where people come together to worship and offer prayers to mother earth for sustaining life of mankind with her rich natural...

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Nyokum Festival of Arunachal Pradesh

Nyokum Festival is the most prominent festival of Arunachal Pradesh. Celebrated by the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, Nyokum is a very colorful festival and reflects the interesting cultural heritage and ethnicity of the Nyishi tribe. Nyokum Festival is celebrated every year on 26th February with great zeal and spirit. And it has slowly become a symbol of unity, harmony, and ethnicity. Nyokum comprises of two words:  Nyok meaning land and Kum meaning people. The Nyokum Festival is usually celebrated in community grounds where people wearing traditional clothes gather up, sing, and dance. During the festival, head priest performs...

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all-day Shirui Lily Festival @ Shirui Village Ground
Shirui Lily Festival @ Shirui Village Ground
Apr 24 – Apr 28 all-day
Shirui Lily Festival @ Shirui Village Ground | Shirui | Manipur | India
Manipur will celebrate its State Flower- Shirui Lily at the Shirui Lily Festival from April 24-28, 2018 at Ukhrul district. The festival will feature demonstrations of the age-old traditions and culture of the inhabitants of[...]
all-day Miu @ Tuensang
Miu @ Tuensang
May 5 all-day
Miu festival is held in the first week of May every year.  The festival is celebrated by the Khiamniungan tribe of Nagaland.
all-day Thsukhenyie @ Phek District
Thsukhenyie @ Phek District
May 6 – May 10 all-day
Thsukhenyie is the major festival of the Chakhesang tribes of Nagaland.

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