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Ka Pomblang Nongkrem

Indira Gandhi Jayanti

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem Festival is an extremely popular religious festival celebrated in Meghalaya state. The festival is generally celebrated in November, which last for about 5 days during the autumn season during chilling winters. It is one of the famous festivals for the inhabitants of Khasi Hills. It is as a grand carnival that involves the flow of wealth, sacrifice of animals and an environment of religious fervor. Ka Pomblang Nongkrem is basically a harvest festival of Meghalaya. It is the most important festival of the Khasi community of the state.

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem Festival Date:

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem Date 2017- November

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem Date 2018- November

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem Date 2019- November

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem Date 2020- November

The most important ritual of the festival is the Pomblang Ceremony, meaning sacrifice (decapitation) of goats. In this ceremony, tribal folks offer goats to the 'Syiem' of Khyrem, the administrative head of the Hima (Khasi State). The goats are offered to the deity of Shillong peak (U-Lei Shillong) and the ancestor of the ruling clan. The ceremony is supervised over by Ka Syiem Sad, the eldest sister of the king, who acts as the main priest. Also starting a part of the ceremony is the music from the Tangmuri (pipes).

After the religious rituals, on the 4th day, Khasi people, dressed in traditional attires, perform the famous Nongkrem dance, with young women dancing in a ring form.. The young girls from the 'Syiem' house take part in this maiden dance shaded by an umbrella. In the Nongkrem dance, young boys of the Tribal Khasi communities dress up in multi-hued silk dhotis, coat and a plumed turban and are ornamented with sparkling ornaments.

The festival ends on the 5th day with the offering of a prayer of thanksgiving to the Creator by the Syiem. Meghalaya celebrates many fairs and festivals most of which are devoted to appease the powerful Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for a rich harvest, fortune and prosperity of the people.

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