Garoga Wangala: This
week long festival is celebrated
to mark the yield of godd harvest
annually in the month of November.
Performed in honour of 'Satyong',
the God of fertility, "Wangla" means
dance of Hundred Drum festival and
people dressed in their colourful
costumes dance to the beat of traditional
Doregata Dance: This dance form
reflects the happy and simple life
of people. Women folk try to knock
off the turbans of their male counterparts
using their head. If they succeed,
it is followed by peals of laughter.
Chambil Mesara : This is a solo
dance-form in which the performer
dangles a pomelo on a cord tied to
his waist and then hurls it around
without any perceptible movement
of the hips. Expert dancers can hurl
two separate fruits hung on a cord.
Nongkrem Dance: Held annually during October/
November, at Smit, the capital of
the Khyrim Syiemship near Shillong,
this festival is celebrated to offer
thanks to the almighty God for good
harvest, peace and prosperity of
the community. goat sacrifice is
offered by the devotees. The dance
is performed by all.
Shad Suk Mynsiem: This thanksgiving
dance festival, which means dance
of the joyful heart is held in Shillong
in April and lasts for three days.
Men and women attired in traditional
fineries dance to the hypnotising
music of drums and the flute.
Behdienkhlam: This festival is celebrated annually
as an invocation to God to seek his
blessings for a good harvest. It
is celebrated in July after the sowing
is complete. Young men make a symbolic
gesture of driving away of the evil
spirit, plague and pestilence by
beating of the roof of every house
with bamboo poles.