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7 North East Festivals in January That You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Jan 07, 2018 12:00
North East Festivals

North East India is a land of diversified culture and traditions. From the cultural dances to the cultural food, every tribe of the North Eastern states have their own unique identity. As unique as their culture is, their festivals are also very unique and exuberant and each of them has their own significance. While we just finished celebrating New Year’s and welcomed 2018 with a bang, the North East India is still drowned in celebration of its plethora of festivals. From the first month of the year, North East India is filled with joyous and magnificent celebrations of its festivals that cannot be missed. So if you are planning a vacation to North East this month, here is the list of North East festivals that will be held in the month of January in this hidden paradise of the world.

1. Magh Bihu

Ladies performing Bihu Dance during Magh Bihu. Image Source: travelspeak.in/

Magh Bihu is the beautiful festival of Assam which denotes the end of the harvesting season. Owing up mostly to the agrarian community, Magh Bihu is synonymous to Makar Sankranti or Pongal. The festival is marked with a lot of festivities like making of savoury traditional dishes, singing conventional Assamese tunes, and making of make shift huts called ‘Bhela Ghor’. Date: 15th January, 2018

Related: Magh Bihu: History and significance to Assamese Culture

2. Losar Festival:

Rituals of Losar Festival. Image Source: travelogyindia.com/

Losar festival is commended in the picturesque hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh by the Monpa tribe. It is a 3 day fanfare when the Monpas come together to mark the beginning of a new year. A Buddhist Arunachal Pradesh festival, it is celebrated to ward off abhorrent spirits and have a pompous start to the New Year. Date: 14th to 18th February, 2018

Related: Most Popular Festivals in Arunachal Pradesh

3. Mim Kut Festival

Mimkut Festival Celebration in Mizoram. Image Source: travelthemes.in

Adhering to the Kuki tribe of Nagaland and Mizoram, Mim Kut festival is another post harvest festival. The festival is of utmost importance to the Kuki tribe because it expresses the jubilation and victory over the last crop of the harvest season, Maize. The festival is celebrated with zeal and includes singing, dancing, and a proud display of culture. Date: 17th January, 2018

Related: All about Manipur’s Kut Festival

4. Gang Ngai Festival

Gang-Ngai Festival. Image Source: northeasttourism.gov.in

Gang-Ngai Festival of Manipur is what the Kabui Naga Tribe of Manipur anticipate all year. It’s an opportunity for this tribe to celebrate their lifestyle, culture, and traditions. A 5 day affair, the Gang-Ngai Festival is celebrated every year with great gusto and fervour. Date: 2nd week of January

Related: All about Manipur's Sangai festival

5. Torgya Monastery Festival

Torgya Festival. Image Source: tawangindia.com/

The Torgya Monastery festival is celebrated every year in Arunachal Pradesh with great enthusiasm. The flaunting presence of colours makes this festival even more special. A monastic festival, Torgya is celebrated for 3 entire days with recitation of religious texts and monastic dances. Date: Mid January

Related: Mask Dance of Arunachal Pradesh

6. Si Donyi Festival

War Dance for Si Donyi Festival. Image Source: flickriver.com

Si Donyi festival is worshipping of the deities Si and Donyi by the Tagin tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is not just celebrated to honour the gods but also to seek their blessings to evade evil spirits from hurting people and also ask permission for quality and healthy crops. This festival is celebrated amidst the exuberant cultural dances of the Tagin tribe. Date: 4th to 6th January

Related: Mopin Festival of Arunachal Pradesh

7. Pous Sankranti Mela

Tirthamukh. Image Source: tritripura.in

Sankranti Mela is a very auspicious festival for the Hindu community of Tripura. Amid  this festival, people from far and wide gather around the Tirthamukh, which is river Gomati’s place of origination, for a holy dip. On this occasion a two day long fair is additionally held. Date: 14th January, 2018

 Related:  Regional and Major Pujas in Tripura

Jan 07, 2018 12:00

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