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Losar Festival of Monpas (11 February)


Losar is accounted as the New Year festival. The festival is widely celebrated by the Monpas to welcome New Year. During the five days of the festivity prayer are offered for prosperity and goodhealth. The festivities include the hoisting of religious flags atop their homes, visits to the homes of friends and relatives. Holy Buddhist scriptures are read in every home and butter lamps are lit in houses and the campuses. Memba dance is performed during the Losar festival to welcome the guests.

Torgya Festival of Monpas/Sherdukpen (27- 29Jan)

This is a community festival celebrated (January/February) only at Tawang Monastery. Hence the festival is known as "Tawang Torgya". The celebration continues for three days with the monastic dances wearing colourful masks of animals. The torgya festivals signify the destruction of evil spirits and harmful forces, and seek to make prosperity and happiness among the people.

 Kshyat-Sowai Festival of Khowa(Dec-Jan)

It is community festival lasts for ten days. The festival is celebrated with the help of a local priest (Phati). In each village, there is a particular place known as Suaiba for the celebration of the festival. The Khowas celebrate their popular Kshyat-Sowai amidst great enthusiasm in the month of December.

 Boori-Boot Festival of Hill-Miris (6th Feb)

This is one of the most important festivals of Hill-Miris community, which is celebrated, in the last week of the month of February (Loka Polo) for 3 (three) days or more. During the festival, the priests' leads a procession of men, women and children dressed in their traditional apparels from the temporary hut constructed for the priest known as Buri But-Nam. Women folk receive the party with rice powder and then thrown at them and dance round the RIGI shouting HOI-HOI. Mithuns and other animals are sacrificed and distributed village wise. The people sacrifice, goats, pigs, fowls to the spirits to protect them and peace.

Chang Ken Festival of Singphos (Jan-Feb)

It is the only Singpho's annual social festival to mark their New Year. On this celebration, along with bathing of the Buddha images, all the villagers gathered to play with water just the same way as 'Holi' festival of the Hindus. They sprinkle water on each other and enjoy, after which they share the special rice powder cake prepared for the festival.

Reh Festival of Idu Mishmis(1st Feb)

Idu Mishmis prays before the deities who control the peace and prosperity of the people. Appeasement of the deities who control the peace and prosperity of the people is the thought behind the celebration of the Reh festival. The festival comes to an end with great fan-fare and the performance of priest dance is the special attraction.

Khan Festival of Mijis (Feb- Mar)

Khan is the most popular festival of the Mijis. It is an occasion for the reunion of the people. The most significance of the festival lies in a ceremony whereby the priest ties a piece of wool around everybody's neck. The belief is that the enchanted thread will bring good luck to each one of them.

Ojiyele Festival of Wancho(16 Feb)

Wanchos celebrate this festival during March-April, for a period of six to twelve days interspersed with prayer, songs and dances. Villagers' exchange bamboo tubes of rice beer as a mark of greeting and goodwill and pigs' skin offered to the village chief as a mark of respect. This festival continues with great enthusiasm for many days just sowing of Jhum paddy. Pigs, buffaloes and mithuns are sacrificed and feasts are arranged in each and every morungs (dormitories). Boys and girls in ceremonial colourful costume sings and dance during this festival. People dances around 'Jangban' a long ceremonial pole planted for this occasion.

 
 
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