Attending a festival is one of the fabulous reasons to visit north east India as you can immerse yourself in the community and culture. The northeast is known as the ‘land of festivals’ with something for everyone.
Named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird displayed in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes, the Hornbill Festival takes place in early December in Nagaland. Also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’, it gives attendees the opportunity to experience the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland.
One of the most famous and biggest festivals of Sikkim, Saga Dawa is celebrated with great enthusiasm each year. The festival commemorates Lord Buddha’s birth, his attainment of enlightenment and salvation from this physical world, and gives travellers a sneak peek into vibrant Buddhist culture.
Dree festival is a popular agricultural festival in Arunachal Pradesh which takes place over three days from 5th July. Tangy rice and millet beer are served followed by traditional song and dance performances, along with games and sports. Cucumber is distributed to attendees symbolising the sacredness of vegetables and invoking a fruitful harvest.
Bihu is a popular festival marking the beginning of the Assamese New Year and harvest season. Activities include washing livestock, lighting lamps, animal fights and song and dance.