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Meghalaya: Nongkrem Dance Festival
This festival is very close to the hearts of the Khasi tribe. It is a thanks giving festival celebrated for five days. Heavenly beings are thanked for showering their blessings in the form of good harvest, peace and prosperity. The venue for this festival is Smit, the cultural centre of Khasis. It is held in the month of October/November. The inception of the festival is marked by a dance performance by the Syiem(the administrative head of the Khasi region) in front of a wooden pillar called “ U Rishot Blei”.This ritual is followed by sacrifice of goats and then offerings are made to the deities and to the ancestors. After following these rituals, dance performances are held. Other festivals belonging to the Khasis are Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem, Ka Pom-Blang Nongkrem, Ka-Shad-Shyngwiang-Thangiap, Ka-Shad-Kynjoh Khaskain, Ka Bam Khana Shnong, Umsang Nongkharai and Shad Beh Sier.
Dates: TBA (Oct/Nov)