Category Archives: Culture

Yemshe Festival Of Pochuris in Nagaland

YEMSHE A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE POCHURIS IN OCTOBER SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Being an important festival of the Pochuris in Nagaland it is celebrated generally on the fifth day of October every year, which is the final day of celebration. Generally this festival is actually celebrated at September’s end that continues to the first week of October. It is a harvesting festival and people rejoice the fruit of their hard work as a bountiful of crops. No agricultural work is Read more [...]

Yaosang – Significance,History,Rituals and Feast

YAOSANG A FESTIVAL CELEBRATED IN SPRING SEASON STARTING FROM THE FULL MOON DAY OF LAMDA(MARCH) FOR SIX WHOLE DAYS BY THE PEOPLE OF MANIPUR. THABAL CHONGBA IS PERFORMED. PEOPLE PLAY WITH COLOURS SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Yaosang is an important festival of the people residing in Manipur that begins on the Full Moon day or ‘Purnima’ of the month of ‘Lamda’ or March and the celebration continues for further six days. The word ‘Yaosang’ means a hut made from bamboo. Yaosang resembles Read more [...]

Wangala Festival Of Garo Tribes in Meghalaya And Assam

WANGALA A HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATED BY THE GARO TRIBE, WHO LIVE IN MEGHALAYA AND ASSAM IN HONOUR OF SALJONG (SUNGOD) SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Wangala is an important winter harvesting festival of the Garo Tribes residing in Meghalaya and Assam. It is generally celebrated on the month of November. This festival is dedicated to ‘Misi Sanljong’ or ‘Pattigipa Ra’rongipa’ that means God Sun. The people show their gratitude to God Sun for blessing them with an affluent yield throughout Read more [...]

Vesak -Significance,History,Rituals And Feast

VESAK A HOLY DAY OBSERVED TRADITIONALLY BY BUDDHISTS SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: In India and Nepal, according to the Buddhist and Hindu calendar, Vesak is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of ‘Vaisakha’. Vesak is a holiday traditionally observed by the Buddhists of Nepal, Srilanka and other parts of the world on different dates in different ways and is known by different names. The festival being a centuries-old tradition was formalised to decide to agree to the celebration as Read more [...]

Vasant Panchami-Significance,History,Rituals And Feast

VASANT PANCHAMI A HINDU FESTIVAL WORSHIPPING SARASWATI, THE GODDESS OF KNOWLEDGE, MUSIC AND ART. IT IS CELEBRATED EVERY YEAR ON THE FIFTH DAY OF MAGH SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: As the name suggests, Vasant Panchami is made of two words, ‘vasant’ and ‘panchami’ meaning ‘spring’ and ‘fifth’ respectively. Therefore, according to the Hindu calendar this festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha. The festival is also known as Saraswati Read more [...]

Uposatha Significance ,History,Rituals

UPOSATHA THE BUDDHIST DAY OF OBSERVANCE. THE BUDDHA TAUGHT THAT THE UPOSATHA DAY IS FOR "THE CLEANSING OF THE DEFILED MIND," RESULTING IN INNER CALM AND JOY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Dating back to the 500 BCE ‘Uposatha’ was an important ceremonial day of the Buddhists and is still observed by them. The word literally means ‘going inside to stay’ especially in monasteries in the Buddhist point of view. Generally the New or Full Moon day is chosen as the Uposatha day. The word Uposatha Read more [...]

Ugadi Festival ,History,Rituals and Significance

UGADI THE NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF ANDHRA PRADESH AND KARNATAKA SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: The word 'Ugadi' originated from two sanskrit words ‘yuga’ and 'aadi' which means era and beginning respectively, the beginning of a new era and a new Hindu lunar calendar. According to the age old Panchanga calendar the first day of the first month ‘Chaitra’, Ugadi is celebrated as 'New Year' in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Lord Brahma, the creator is believed to be associated Read more [...]

Tuluni Festival Of ‘Sumi’ Tribes in Nagaland

TULUNI A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE SUMI'S IN JULY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Tuluni is an important festival of the ‘Sumi’ tribes in Nagaland who are the inhabitants of Zunheboto district. This festival is celebrated in the month of July generally on the eight day of every year. The word Tuluni comes from a special type of drink known as rice-beer which was given in a glass made up of bamboo or three leaves of plantain. Tuluni is also known as ‘Anni’ that stands for the Read more [...]

Tsukhenyie Festival of Nagaland,Rituals And History

TSUKHENYIE A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE CHAKHESANGS IN JANUARY SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: Tsukhenyie festival is celebrated with great pomp by the tribal peoples of Chakhesang Nagas in the Phek district of Nagaland, a state in the far north-eastern part of India in the month of January. The joyous colourful festival marks the onset of the hectic sowing season ahead. There are no records of their origins except that they are from the east of India and the historic records prove Read more [...]

Tokhu Emong Rituals,Significance and History

TOKHU EMONG A FESTIVAL IN NAGALAND CELEBRATED BY THE LOTHAS IN NOVEMBER. THIS FESTIVAL IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HARVESTING OF CROPS SIGNIFICANCE AND HISTORY: It is an important festival of the Lothas in Nagaland that is related to the harvesting of crops. It is a nine-day long festival that generally commences on the 7th day of the month of November every year. This particular day was fixed by some seniors of the tribe known as Wokha to build up a strong bond of harmony among the people. The Read more [...]