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)
Assam: Elephant Festival
The popular Elephant Festival is held in the north eastern state of Assam in India. The State of Assam organizes for one of the largest elephant festivals in India for the purpose of conservation and safeguard of Asiatic elephants. The Elephant Festival of Kaziranga in Assam draws a huge crowd in the state during this period. Thousands of tourists flock to Kaziranga in Assam to witness this fantastic Kaziranga Elephant Festival.
Location: Kaziranga National Park
Manipur: Sangai Festival
Sangai Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza in Manipur. Every year the Government of Manipur, headed by the Tourism Department, celebrates the Sangai Festival. The ten-day long festival lasts from 21st to 30th of November. The cultural celebrations showcases the uniqueness of the North Eastern State. Homage is paid to the shy and gentle Brow-Antlered Deer popularly known as the Sangai Deer which is found only in the state’s floating Keibul Lamjao National Park in Loktak Lake. The tourism festival promotes Manipur as a world class destination.