FESTIVALS OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH

losarLosar Festival: A major Festival of the Tibetan Buddhists is the Losar Festival and Monpa Festival. The Losar festival of the Monpas is their new year festival.

 

 

 

 

 


 

khan festKhan Festival: Khan Festival is a popular festival of Arunachal Pradesh that encourages all the locals to participate in it irrespective of caste and creed. This festival is mainly a Miji festival. Miji is one of the tribes in Arunachal Pradesh which celebrates the festival.

 

 

 

 

 


 

NYOKUMNyokum Festival: Nyokum is the festival celebrated by the Nyishi Tribe. The Word Nyokum has been derived from a combination of two words-Nyok meaning land and Kum meaning collectiveness or togetherness. This festival is commonly celebrated for better productivity, prosperity, and happiness.

 

 

 

 


 

booriBoori Boot Festival: The Boori Boot festival is performed by the Hill Miris. It means to get together to hail spring and successful harvest. The festival also invokes the spirit of Boori Boot to bless them with prosperity and free the, from diseases of any kind.

 

 

 

 

 


 

drteeDree Festival: The Dree festival is an Apatani rite. The purpose of the festival is to appease god so that famines could be averted. It involves the sacrifice of fowls, eggs and animals to Gods- Tamu, Melti and Donyi Polo.

 

 

 

 

 


 

sidonyiSi-Donyi Festival: The Si-Donyi festival signifies the mass worshipping of ‘Si’ and ‘Donyi’ (the Earth and the Sun Gods) to invoke their blessings for the well being of the entire human race. The festival is celebrated at Tahila with full joy and gaiety.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

mopinMopin Festival: Mopin is celebrated by the Galo Tribe. It is a celebration of the harvesting season held in the Galo months of “Luni” & “Luki”, corresponding to March-April. Like the Hindu festival of Holi, revelers apply Ette, rice flour, to fellow revelers faces.

 

 

 

 

 


 

solungSolung Festival: Solung is celebrated on September 1 every year. Solung is the most popular festival of Adis of Arunachal Pradesh. Though primarily an agro-based festival, it also reflects the socio-religious features of the people.

 

 

 

 

 


 

aranAran Festival: The festival is celebrated on 07th of March. The Adi community residing in Capital complex celebrates its Unying-Aran, the first festival of the Adis New Year with great enthusiasm and traditional fervor.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

tamladuTamladu Festival: Tamladu festival is of Mishmis community celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety. Tamladu festival is observed in Lohit District. The festival is celebrated on the 15th of February. It is one of the ancient festivals of Arunachal Pradesh. Tamladu festival is a prayer that is offered to the Gods of Earth and Water.

 

 

 

 


 

sangkenSangken Festival: Sangken festival is a Buddhist festival celebrated by the Khamtis in Lohit District on 14th April. Sangken festival also marks the beginning of a new year. The festival is dedicated to Lord Buddha so that he can bless mankind with prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

poiShapawng Yawng Manau Poi Festival: It is an “Ethno-Cultural Festival” of the Singpho Tribe. It is celebrated in February every year. The festival is opened by putting up shading, a set of ceremonial pillars, symbolic of the festival.

 

 

 

 

 


 

rehReh Festival: Reh is one of the most important festivals of Idus. The Idus believe that they are the sons and daughters of the divine mother “Nanyi Inyitaya”. They celebrate this festival to get her blessings. The festival is celebrated during February-August; the people who inhabit snowfall prone areas of Dibang Valley celebrate it during summer and monsoon i.e. during June-August.

 

 

 

 


 

oriahOriah Festival: The festival is celebrated by Wanchos in Tirap District. Appeasement of the deities who control the peace and prosperity of the people is the thought behind the celebration. Villagers exchange bamboo tubes of rice beer as a mark of greetings and goodwill.

 

 

 

 

 


 

chalo lokuChalo-Loku Festival: It is the most colorful and popular festival of Noctes Tribes. Like most of the tribal festivals, Chalo-Loku is also an agricultural festival. The name is derived from three words: ‘Cha’ which means paddy, ‘Lo’ which means season, and ‘Loku’ which means festival. It is celebrated in the month of October-November annually after the harvest of Paddy and before the start of the new Jhum cultivation.

 

 

 

 


 

moh molMoh-Mol Festival: It is a prominent pre-harvest festival celebrated by the Tangsa Community of Changlang District. Moh-Mol marks the ending of the sowing season and end of toil and labor in the fields. It signifies the beginning of a New Year.

 

 

 

 

 


 

buddhaBuddha Mahotsava: This festival is celebrated across the state, showcasing ideals of Buddhism, ushering in the much needed values of peace, harmony and tolerance in today’s world. The festival highlights include Monastic Dances, Traditional Tribal music, Song & Dances, Religious procession, Food Festival, Handloom & Handicraft exhibition, Flower/Horticulture Show, and Adventure sports like Trekking, Rafting, & Hot Air Ballooning, Cultural nights and other special events.

 

 

 

 


 

siangSiang River Festival: The Siang River Festival aims at projecting the Siang (Brahmaputra) river as a symbol of integrity and communal harmony. It is celebrated in places like Tuting, Yingkiong and Pasighat in the month of December. Indigenous games and sports like elephant race, traditional boat race, Didi- the mock war game of Mishmis and exhibition of traditional herbal medicines, etc. are other important highlights of the grand celebration.