North East India Festivals

There are several festivals are to celebrated in the North east India and Every year thousands of visitors come to here and celebrate all festivals. As we know the number of tourist attractions in the North East India like Historic Place, temples, wild Life Sanctuaries, mountain escapes etc. And visitors come to enjoy here. But some tourists come to celebrate only famous festivals of North East India.

Hornbill Festival

Location: Nagaland
Held In: December

The Hornbill festival is the popular festival of Nagaland. It is known as the Land of Festival. The government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill festival first week of December of every year. It is a tribute to the Hornbill the most revered bird of the Naga tribes. This festival is held at Naga Heritage Village Kisama which is about 12 kilometer from Kohima. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.

The Bihus Festival

Location: Assam
Held In: January, April, October

In a year there are three Bihu festivals are to be celebrated in Assam - in the months of Bohaag (Baisakh, the middle of April), Maagh (the middle of January), and Kaati (Kartik, the middle of October). Bihu spans three days, each day marking different stages of agriculture. During the festival every nook and corner of Assam buzzes with the beating of the Dhol (drums) and the melody of the Pepa (flute). Young and old alike come out in their traditional attire of muga and pat (both unique varieties of Assamese silk) to sing the song of eternal youth. Invariably the Bihu songs are a eulogy of the exquisite beauty of one's love, the personification of Mother Nature. Come to this celebration of love, life and nature with Indian Festival Tours. It is the national festival of Assam.

Brahmaputra Beach Festival

Location: Guwahati
Held In: Spring Season

The Beach Festival of Brahmaputra in Guwahati is organized on the sandy beaches of the Brahmaputra River in association with the Tourism Department, Government of Assam. It is the harvest festival of the Assamese people. Guwahati is the quiet capital and also the largest city of Assam. Brahmaputra Beach Festival is full of adventure and mesmerizing natural beauty of Mother Nature. The international and national tourists come to celebrate the festival. Several adventure sports are organized during the festival. Vibrant cultural activities leave the onlookers in ecstasy. This is a wonderful festival celebrated in the lap of nature.

Dehing Patkai Festival

Location: Assam
Held In: January

It is the famous festival of Assam. The festival is organized annually in the month of January in the Tinsukhia district of Assam. It allows the tourists and visitors to participate in various sporting activities that may include adventure sports. The festival was first organized in the year 2002 by the government of Assam. It’s named after the Patkai Mountains and the Dehing River – two of the spectacular features that make Assam one of the most beautiful regions in the country. You will be delighted to know that this festival is a wonderful amalgamation of Craft Mela, Cultural programs Food Festival and Adventure Sports. The interesting adventure sports are organized on the mesmerizing islands of river Brahmaputra.

Torgya Monastery Festival

Location: Twang District, Arunachal Pradesh
Held In: End of January

It is exclusive colorful festival of Arunachal Pradesh. The whole festival is celebrated with very high spirit where people dance and enjoy in the rhythm of the holy music for three days. This festival is performed only in the Tawang Monastery, which starts with high spirit on the 28th day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar and coincides with the last week of January. A propitiation (Torgya) rite of Yamactaka Chak Khar Zur Gurpa is conducted and with this nuance the festival is called "Torgya". Thousands of people throng the monastery during these three days in their colorful, best dresses, making the festival a carnival of colors.

Shillong Autumn Festival

Location: Meghalaya
Held In: November

The Shillong Autumn Festival is three-day annual festival of North East India which begins on 4th November. The Autumn Festival also includes entertainment in the form of Adventure Sports, Fashion and Music. The Meghalaya Tourism and Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) will organize the Autumn Festival 2011.

Nongkrem Dance Festival

Location: Meghalaya
Held In: October/November

It is held annually during October/ November, at Smit, the capital of the Khyrim Syiemship near Shillong. The dance is performed in the open by young virgins and men, both bachelors and married. The women dressed in expensive silk costumes with heavy gold, silver and coral ornaments dance in the inner circle of the arena. The men form an outer circle and dance to the accompaniment of music of flutes and drums. The cultural center of this festival is Khasi Hills. A five day long religious festival of the Khasis, Ka Pemblang Nongrem dance is popularly known as Nongkrem dance.

Wangala Dance Festival

Location: Meghalaya
Held In: December

The first Hundred Drums Wangala Festival was successfully organized on December the 6th and December 7th, 1976 at Asanang, the Headquarters of Rongram Development Block, about 18 kms from Tura. Wangala Festival is the annual harvest festival held in the state of Meghalaya (Garo Hills). The festival is celebrated in honor of Saljong, the Sun-god of fertility. The festival signifies the onset of winter as well as it marks the end of a period of toil, which brings good output of the fields. The main attraction of the festival is the music and orchestra being played by men in a rhythmic fashion.

Chapchar Kut

Location: Mizoram
Held In: March

It is the most famous festival of Mizoram. It marks the start of spring as the mystic nature starts playing with colors. This kind of an environment puts in the festive mood in the lives of Mizos as they prepare themselves to celebrate the festival of happiness, Chapchar Kut. It is celebrated with great pomp and splendor and is very famous among tourist visiting the destination at that time. People wear colorful traditional clothes and hats made from beads and parrots' feathers. In this festival they don't wear any shoes. A traditional bamboo dance is performed where only women participate while the men sit on the ground and beat the bamboos against each other.

Kharchi Puja

Location: Tripura
Held In: July

Kharchi Puja is a worship of fourteen deities celebrated in the month of July at Agartala. It is a weeklong celebration at the temple premises where thousands of people attend the celebrations. The word Kharchi is derived from Khya meaning earth. This Kharchi puja is the worship of earth that sustains mankind with all her resources. Among the rituals, sacrifice of goats and pigeons at the altar is a usual feature of the festival.

Tarpa Festival

Location: Dadar & Nagar Haveli
Held In: 26th to 31st December

Tarpa festival is a festival celebrated by the tribals of Dadar and Nagar Haveli. It is basically a music and dance festival and gets its name from Tarpa, a long curved wind instrument which is the principal form of music for the tribal gatherings and dances. Cultural programs are organised at night time and events like boat race, tatoo design, swimming and folk dances are also a main attraction point of this tarpa dance festival. A very rare Musical wind instrument named Tarpa is played by people during this dance and you can see this in photo below also.
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