Autumn Festival is a well-known festival in India. This festival is one of those festivals which mark the onset of a season. It is mainly celebrated in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya. This is actually a cultural extravaganza that reflects the rich culture of the nation. The festival acts as a great platform to display the culture of the place and get transformed into a center of fun and frolic for tourists.
The Autumn Festival features a number of events like fashion show, food and wine festival, flower shows, music performances, sports events, kite flying competitions and other types of events.
Held annually during October/ November, at Smit, the capital of the Khyrim Syiemship near Shillong, this festival is celebrated to offer thanks to the almighty God for good harvest, peace and prosperity of the community. goat sacrifice is offered by the devotees. The dance is performed by all.
This festival is celebrated annually as an invocation to God to seek his blessings for a good harvest. It is celebrated in July after the sowing is complete. Young men make a symbolic gesture of driving away of the evil spirit, plague and pestilence by beating of the roof of every house with bamboo poles.
This week long festival is celebrated to mark the yield of godd harvest annually in the month of November. Performed in honour of ‘Satyong’, the God of fertility, “Wangla” means dance of Hundred Drum festival and people dressed in their colourful costumes dance to the beat of traditional drums.
This dance form reflects the happy and simple life of people. Women folk try to knock off the turbans of their male counterparts using their head. If they succeed, it is followed by peals of laughter.
Shad Suk Mynsiem