The Vibrant Festivals in Meghalaya

Crowned as the "Abode of Clouds", Meghalaya is known for its lush green picturesque valleys and towering mountains. However, there is more than meets the eye! The state is known for its rich cultural significance. Several vibrant festivals mark the lives of the ethnic groups in the area.

Meghalaya's mountains and landscapes, which cover most of the area, makes it one of India's most picturesque states. It has a diverse population of ethnic groups who bring forth a range of cultural and religious practices. Read further to know some of the most famous festivals of Meghalaya!

Wangala Festival

Wangala Festival, a famous festival of Meghalaya, is a harvest festival commemorating Lord Saljong, the sun deity of fertility. The festival is about honouring the Sun God by offering sacrifices. Drums are played on long oval-shaped instruments, which get accompanied by the dance of the young and old dressed in multicoloured ensembles. The rhythmic beats of drums propel a group of people to dance together.

people dressed in native outfits while dancing and playing drums
a crowd rejoicing at a festival

Behdienkhlam Festival

Behdienkhlam Festival is yet another famous festival in Meghalaya. The aim of the festival is to seek God's blessings for a long prosperous harvest. During the celebration, the forefathers’ spirits are given sacrificial food. It culminates in a battle between two opposing groups as they compete against each other, which later in the evening transpires into a time of merriment and joy!

Strawberry Festival

As the name suggests, this festival is all about strawberries. Meghalaya has one of the best climates across India to grow fruits, and one such is the succulent strawberry. As part of the festival, fresh strawberries and strawberry wine are served among families and guests. As part of the festival, several fun activities like pie-eating contests and karaoke competitions are held. If you love strawberries and fun games, the strawberry festival in Meghalaya should be at the top of your checklist!

a pile of Strawberries
kids dressed up in their native outifts for a festival

Shad Sukra Festival

Shad Sukra Festival is the most popular festival amongst the Pnar tribe of Jaintia Hills. Before planting the seeds, every tribal family waits for the festival, which is celebrated to seek blessings from the gods. To pray for a prosperous and fruitful season, drums and flutes accompany dances and rituals. At the festival, both men and women dress in their traditional best, heavily adorned with gold ornaments.

Nongrem Festival

Probably one of the most vibrant festivals of Meghalaya, the Nongrem Festival is a feast to the eyes! Smit, the cultural centre of the Khasi Hills, celebrates the Nongkrem dance festival every autumn. During the five-day festival, tribals perform to appease Goddess Ka Blei Synshar, who desires an abundant harvest and fortune for the people. There are several dances that take place during the festival, one such is the dance performed by men wearing colourful costumes whilst holding a sword in their hand.

a person wearing a native attire and celebrating a festival

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