Festivals in Meghalaya

The true essence and spirit of Meghalaya can be felt during the celebration of the various festivals. Below are a brief summary of festivities in Meghalaya

Shad Suk Mynsiem

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The Shad Suk Mynsiem is celebrated on the month of April every year, marking the harvest seasons and implementation of seed. This festival is celebrated by the Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya, also known as ‘Weiking Dance’, where Women dancers carry a white handkerchief which symbolized, pure, virginity and unmarried. Therefore only unmarried girls can participate in the dance whereas there is no such restriction for men

Nongkrem Dance

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This is one of the most important festivals of the Khasi in Meghalaya which is generally celebrated in the month of November at Smit village which is approximately 15 mins from Shillong City. Nongkrem also means ‘Goat killing ceremony’.

Behdiengkhlam Festival

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One of the major festivals of the Jaintia community of Meghalaya. It is usually celebrated by the Niamtre religion (Non- Christian) celebrated in the month of July for good health, property and bumper harvest. It is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated at Jowai which is approximately 65 kms away from Shillong.

Wangala Festival

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Wangala Festival is celebrated by the Garo Community of Meghalaya in Garo Hills District, celebrated on the month of November. This festival also known as ‘The Hundred Drums festival’ which signifies the onset of winter.