Celebrated during Autumn at Smit, the cultural centre of the Khasi Hills, to essentially commemorate the
evolution of Khasi indigenous democratic states called HIMA, which are still
functioning today under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution when these
states, earlier acceded to the Indian Union by signing the Instrument of
Accession during 1947-48.
Shad Suk Mynsiem
A colourful thanksgiving
festival celebrated during springtime all over Khasi Hills. Virgins dressed in
traditional finery and menfolk in colourful costumes participate in the dance to
the accompaniment of drums and pipes called tangmuri, the queen of musical
Celebrated during monsoon in
July at Jowai and Tuber in Jaintia Hills. The festival features religious
ceremonies and dancing at a pool called 'eit nar', including a football game
called 'datlawakor'. The ball in this case is a wooden ball. The festival is
essentially to invoke the blessings of the Creator for a bountiful harvest and
to chase away disease and plague.
A major festival of the Garos,
celebrated during Autumn, after the harvest season. The festival includes
propitiation ceremonies to the deity Patigipa Rarongipa, held in every village.
It is followed by other elaborate rituals for four days and nights, accompanied
by dancing and merriment. It culminates in the warrior's dance-the Dance of a
Hundred Drums, on the final day which is a spectacular and delightful sight.
Doregata Dance festival is
another interesting dance where , while dancing the women try to knock off the
turbans of their male partner using their head. If the women succeed, it is
followed by peals of laughter.
The Lahoo Dance is performed by
both male and female for entertainment. Attired in their best finery, usually
two young men on either side of a woman, holding arms together dance in step. In
place of the usual drum and pipe, a cheer leader, usually a man gifted with the
talent of impromptu recitation, recites couplets to the merriment of the