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5 Incredibly Colorful Festivals of North-East India

5 Incredibly Colorful Festivals of North-East India

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by January 24, 2017 travel

North east India comprises seven sister states. It includes Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. Government has taken good initiate to develop tourism in the North-East portion of India. If you are desirous about the destination with natural beauty, visit North east India to fulfill your dream. Along with scenic beauty, flora and Fauna, you can also see the tradition and culture of people staying there. The locals and tribal people celebrate many colorful festivals Let us find out some of its incredible festivals:

Incredibly Colorful Festivals of North-East India

1. Losar Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

losar festival
Photo by Jean-Marie Hullot, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is one of the important festival celebrated during the month of February and March. The Losar festival is conducted to welcome the New Year where the family members and friends come together and enjoy a beautiful time. Everyone wear colorful dress during this festival with dance and song as live performance by local people. This is also a festival to welcome the upcoming agricultural season where the crops can grow well. There is also an appropriate place for conducting this festival which is none other than Tawang Monastery. This is a festival which belong to Tibetan culture.

2. Bihu, Assam

Bihu Aassam

Photo by Woodlouse, CC BY-SA 2.0

You must have heard about this famous festival of Assam. You must also be aware of Bihu dance performed during this festival throughout Assam by the women staying in this state. There are basically three types of Bihu festivals. These are:

• Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu- It is celebrated in the month of April
• Kati Bihu/ Kongali Bihu- This festival is celebrated in October and November
• Bhogali Bihu/ Magh Bihu – It is conducted in the month of January.

You can see this festival celebrated in an open space. The Traditional dress of Assam is worn during this festival. Here, the people of Assam serves very nutritious food such as fruits, spouted grams etc. These are served in banana leaves and bamboo stick.

3. Anthurium, Mizoram

Anthurium is one of the festival in Mizoram that is celebrated in the month of September. The government of Mizoram celebrates this festival to promote tourism in the state. This festival is celebrated for the consecutive 3 days. This is a traditional festival of Mizo where they get together with their friends, relatives and well-wishers. You can enjoy the festival while visiting this part of Mizoram with folk songs, delicious Mizo delicacies and dance of Mizo people. This is normally celebrated in a small village in Mizoram named as Reiek. People traveling from the capital city of Aizwal will need to travel for 70 km to reach this place and enjoy the feast.

4. Hornbill Festival, Kohima Nagaland

Hornbill festival

Photo by Vikramjit Kakati, CC BY-SA 4.0

Particular festival celebrated in the state of Nagaland has been inspired by a bird’s name. This festival is the symbolic of agriculture which starts from 1st of December each year. The festival is celebrated for 7-10 days with a lot of enjoyment. This creates a great bond among the people staying in Nagaland but with different communities. They wear their own traditional costume during this festive season. A contest take place where pork is consumed by people staying in Nagaland. This is the particular festival where you can experience the vividness of culture within the people Nagaland.

5. Lu-Ngai-Ni, Manipur
People staying in Manipur are really lively. They wish to celebrate every festival with zeal and enthusiasm. The tribes in Manipur enjoy this festival. Normally this festival is celebrated by the Nagas in the Manipur especially the parts that are inhibited by the Naga people. There is a specific date where this festival is celebrated. Yes, 15th of February is the date when Lu-ngai-ni is celebrated in Manipur. This is a symbolism for seed sowing season. This is also known for making the bond among the tribal staying there really strong. Various rituals are performed along with delicious Manipuri delicacies fire work over here.

Author’s Bio:
Rohit is a well-known blogger with interest on cultures and heritages of different communities around the nation. He pointed out some of the colorful festivals celebrated in the North-eastern part of India. This article will give you vivid information about festivals celebrated in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Nagaland etc. You can also get variety of information on this subject at www.transindiatravels.com .

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