Location : Arunachal Pradesh, in the north east of India.
Best time to Travel : Through out the year.
The Famous Festivals and Fairs of Arunachal
Festivals form an essential aspect of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism.
It shows the Socio-Cultural life of the people of
Arunachal Pradesh. As a matter of fact festivals of Arunachal Pradesh
reflects the real culture and tradition of the people of Arunachal Pradesh .
Every social community of Arunachal Pradesh celebrate number of festivals.
There are various festival tours of Arunachal Pradesh are generally - agricutural festival tours, religious faris trips
and socio-cultural tours, which give them ample opportunity to enjoy and entertain
freely. The fais and festivals are the occasions for people to relax, to enjoy, to
dance and eat and drink.
Agriculture being the basic means of livelihood in Arunachal, the festivals
having connection with agriculture are celebrated in bigger scale either to
thank God for the providence or pray for good harvest. The ritual part of
each festival is performed by the priest and other arrangements of the
festivals are done by the people in a community basis. Animal sacrifice is a
common ritual in most of the festivals in Arunachal Pradesh. Throughout the
year festivals are celebrated by one or the other tribes. Because of this
fact, Arunachal Pradesh may also be called the land of festivals.
Choekhor Harvest Festival
After the crops are sown and at the time of little agricultural activity,
in the seventh month of lunar calendar, a rite known as "Choekor
which ultimately turns into a popular religious village fair"
is organised in the villages by the entire village community with the aim of
offering supernatural protection to the crops sown, for good harvest and to
drive away evil spirits.
Losar New Year Festival Celebration
The New Year festival, called "Losar", is perhaps the most
important festival of Tawang
District in Arunachal Pradesh. The Losar festival of the Monpas is their new
year of festival. On this occasion people clean out their homes to usher in
the new year and to discard the old. It mostly falls in the last part of
February or early part of March and is celebrated with lots of fun and
festivity, which lasts for about 8 to 15 days.
Torgya Dance Festival
Torgya is a monastic festival held every year for three days starting from
28th day of the eleventh month of the lunar calendar, which generally falls
in the last part of January. In order to drive off evil forces and to ward
off any natural calamity. Monastic dances are performed for 3 days during
Monpa Cultural Festival
Monpas have a colourful cultural festive heritage. These fairs and festivals are related with
agricultural practices and religious events.
The 4th month as per lunar calendar is regarded as the holiest period for
the Buddhists. This month marks the birth of Lord Buddha, his attainment of
supreme enlightenment and his passing into the state of nirvana. It normally
falls in the month of May. This religious occasion is celebrated with much fun and
Tamladu Tribal Festival
Another important festival is Tamladu tribal fair, essentially celebrated by the Digaru
Mishmis tribe. During the festival, prayers are offered to the God of Earth
and the God of Water for protection against natural calamities. The supreme-
Lord Jebmalu, is worshipped and welfare of human beings, the standing crops
and domestic animals.
Sangken Religious Buddha Festival
Sangken festival and fair, is an occasion to bathe the images of Lord Buddha
ceremoniously. This also heralds the new year and people sprinkle water on
each other as a sign of merriment.
Another festival is the Khan festival, an occasion for the reunion of the
people. Besides the usual festivities, the significance of the festival lies
in the 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