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Meghalaya Festivals

Dance is at the very heart of Khasi life, rich in repertoire, performed often as a part of the "rites de passage"- the life-cycle of an individual in society or the annual passage of the seasons. Dances are performed at the level of individual villages (Shnong), a group of villages (Raid) and a conglomeration of Raids (Hima). Local or regional flavours and colours bring variations to the basic dance form, which is universal in Khasi folk culture. Different types of Festivals are :-

· Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem.

· Ka Pom-Blang Nongkrem

· Ka-Shad Shyngwiang-Thangiap

· Ka-Shad-Kynjoh Khaskain

· Ka Bam Khana Shnong

· Umsan Nongkharai

· Shad Beh Sier



Calendar of Festivals

Festivals

Local
Months

Gregorian
Months

Vedic Months

Solar

Lunar

Bam khana

Kyllalyngkot

January

Tapas

Magha

Shad Suk, Mynsiem

Iaiong-Jylliew

April-June

Sue hi

Asharha

Shad Nongkrem

Naitung

July

Nabhas

Sravana

Seng Kut Snem

Naiwieng

November

Sahas

Agrahayana

Christmas

Nohprah

December

Sahasya

Pausha




Jaintias

Festivals of the Jaintia Hills, like others, contribute significantly to maintaining a balance between man, his culture and his natural environment or eco-system. At the same time it seeks to revive the spirit of cohesiveness and solidarity among the people. Festivals of Jaintias can be broadly studied under the following names:-

· Behdienkhlam

· Laho Dance

·Sowing Ritual Ceremony




Calendar of Festivals

Festivals

Local
Months

Gregorian
Months

Vedic Months

Solar

Lunar

Tiger Festival

DuiyataraWisu

Jan-Mar

Tapas-madhu

Magha-Chaitra

Bam Phalar/ Bam Doh

Duiyatara

January

Tapas

Magha

Rong Belyngkan

Naisau-Naiynhru

May-June

Sukra-Suchi

Jyeshtha-Asharha

Behdienkhlam

Naihynru-Naiynhnaiaw

June-July

Suchi-nabhas

Asharha-Sravana

Durga Puja

Naikhynde-khonchonglad

Sept.-Nov

Isha-Sahas

Ashwina-Agrahayana

Seng Kut Snem

Khonchonglad

November

Sahas

Agrahayana

Christmas /Bam Phalar /Bam Doh

Kmaichonglad

December

Sahasya

Pausha




Garos
The main festivals of Garos are Den Bilsia, Wangala, Rongchu gala, Mi Amua, Mangona, Grengdik BaA, Jamang Sia, Ja Megapa, Sa Sat Ra Chaka, Ajeaor Ahaoea, Dore Rata Dance, Chambil Mesara, Do'KruSua, Saram Cha'A, A Se Mania or Tata.


Calendar of Festivals

Festivals

Local
Months

Gregorian
Months

Vedic Months

Solar

Lunar

Den'bilsia

Polgin

February

Tapasya

Phalgun

A'siroka

Chuet

March

Madhu

Chaitra

A' galmaka

Pasak

April

Madhave

Vaisakha

Miamua

Asal

June

Sue hi

Asharha

Rongchugala

Bado

August

Nabhasya

Bhadra

Ahaia

Asin

September

Is ha

Ashwina

Wangala

Gate

October

Urje

Kartika

Christmas

Posi

December

Sahasya

Pausha



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