East India Festivals

The land of eastern India is so majestic and simple, the people, customs and festivals follow the same. Festivals form an essential part of the socio-cultural life of the people of East India. Most of their festivals are connected with agriculture as it is the main occupation of the people. Durga Puja, Chapchar Kut, The Losar Festival, The Bihus and Tuluni Festival are the popular festival of east India.

Majuli Festival

Location: Assam
Held In: November

This festival is the unique festival of Eastern India which is celebrated on the bank of River Luit in Majuli. The festival displays the rich art and culture of the state of Assam. The festivities start from the 21st of the month of November and continue for four days ending on the 24th of November. Cultural performances displaying the tradition of the inhabitants of Majuli are a specialty of this festival.

Durga Puja

Location: West Bengal
Held In: October/November

Durga puja is the largest and most celebrated festival of India but especially it is most famous fest of Eastern India. Every city of West Bengal celebrates this festival of east India with much pomp and merry. The colorful pandals, delicious sweets and the joy our music can be enjoyed in every street. On this day people offer the prayer to Goddess Durga. This is the festival of nine days. Last two days are most celebrated day. People wear the new dresses and go to see the Durga Pandals.

The Bihus

Location: Assam
Held In: January, April, October

In a year there are three Bihu festivals are to be celebrated in Assam - in the months of Bohaag (Baisakh, the middle of April), Maagh (the middle of January), and Kaati (Kartik, the middle of October). Bihu spans three days, each day marking different stages of agriculture. During the festival every nook and corner of Assam buzzes with the beating of the Dhol (drums) and the melody of the Pepa (flute). Young and old alike come out in their traditional attire of muga and pat (both unique varieties of Assamese silk) to sing the song of eternal youth. Invariably the Bihu songs are a eulogy of the exquisite beauty of one's love, the personification of Mother Nature. Come to this celebration of love, life and nature with Indian Festival Tours. It is the national festival of Assam.

Hornbill Festival

Location: Nagaland
Held In: December

The Hornbill festival is the popular festival of Nagaland. It is known as the Land of Festival. The government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill festival first week of December of every year. It is a tribute to the Hornbill the most revered bird of the Naga tribes. This festival is held at Naga Heritage Village Kisama which is about 12 kilometer from Kohima. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.

Chapchar Kut

Location: Mizoram
Held In: March

It is the most famous festival of Mizoram. It marks the start of spring as the mystic nature starts playing with colors. This kind of an environment puts in the festive mood in the lives of Mizos as they prepare themselves to celebrate the festival of happiness, Chapchar Kut. It is celebrated with great pomp and splendor and is very famous among tourist visiting the destination at that time. People wear colorful traditional clothes and hats made from beads and parrots' feathers. In this festival they don't wear any shoes. A traditional bamboo dance is performed where only women participate while the men sit on the ground and beat the bamboos against each other.

The Losar Festival

Location: Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim
Held In: January

It is a major festival of the Tibetan Buddhists is the Losar Festival or Monpa Festival. It is celebrated to avert any negativity of the Old Year and to welcome the arrival of a New Year. On the Occasions of festival of Losar or Monpa Losar, it's traditional to wear new clothes. People greet each other with the customary New-Year greeting of "tashi delek" (good luck) and visit monasteries, stupas, shrines to make offerings and donations in form of food and other gifts to the monks and nuns there.

Rath Yatra

Location: Puri
Held In: July

Puri celebrates the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath of every year in July. The entire Ratha Yatra is a symbolic humanisation of God. All rituals associated with the festival demonstrate an attempt to bring god down from his pedestal of glory to a more human level. On the day of the journey, a fabulous choice of Raths is lined up for the deities. Three chariots – the yellow Nandighosa, the blue Taladwaja and the Deviratha – lie waiting for them outside the temple. Orissa's famed Odissi dance, patta paintings, appliqué paintings and shell craft curios attract tourists from all over. While Puri has visitors at any time of the year, the Jagannath festival is the time when the district overflows with activity. This festival held for nine days, the colorful Jagannath Yatra attracts tourists not only from all over India, but also from abroad.

Tuluni Festival

Location: Nagaland
Held In: Second Week of July

Tuluni festival of Nagaland is one of the grand festivals celebrated by the different clans of the Sumi Naga tribe. This festival is also observed by the cultivators of Nagaland. The cultivators of Nagaland slaughter pigs or cows. The meats of the animal are shared among the different members of their family. A group feast is organized, where the farmers enjoy the meat, along with folk songs and ballads. The Tuluni festival at Nagaland is celebrated the two different clans, namely Tuku and Swu. Tuku and Swu are the different races of the Sumi Naga tribe, who celebrate the Tuluni festival in their own unique style.
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