Festivals and Events in Shillong

Shillong, the beautiful capital of Meghalaya has long been considered the Scotland of the East for its marvellous views, waterfalls, lakes and several other gorgeous natural wonders. However, you’ll be surprised at how much enthusiasm goes into Shillong festivals if you happen to visit during any such event. Shillong during any other time is charming on its own but during these events, it transcends that and becomes an amazing experience.

Many of these Shillong events have cultural and religious significance although some like the Shillong Autumn Festival are seasonal too. If you happen to visit Shillong during October or November, you’ll be amazed to see the numerous tourists flocking in to attend the Autumn Festival. This is a government-organised event and is a cultural extravaganza for visitors and locals alike. There’s a fashion show, along with a food and wine festival and flower shows. During this time, there are some excellent rock concerts as well. Here are some of the other festivals in Shillong.

The Garo tribe celebrates the Wangala Festival which is a harvest festival that is celebrated in honour of Saljong, the Sun-god of fertility. Colourful costumes and brilliant headgear is a mainstay of this Shillong festival and there are beautiful dances and performances by locals.

This is one of the major events in Shillong. It is a thanksgiving dance which is held in April for three days. Men and women dress up in traditional finery and celebrate wholeheartedly.

One of the events in Shillong that is hugely anticipated is the Nongkrem Dance, held in October or November in a place near Shillong. Goat sacrifice and dances play a huge role in this festival.

If you want to visit Shillong for a vacation, do check the SOTC website for offers and deals on holiday packages.

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