Khasi men clad in traditional attire swung their Symphiah (whisk) as they led the procession from the iing sad (Royal Residence) of Syiem Khyrim to the Lum pom Blang in Smit village.

Wednesday was the third day of Shad Nongkrem, which is known as Pomblang Iewduh – a ritual where a goat is sacrificed and the Syiems of different Himas take part in the dance at sunset.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma was also present at the festival and joined the procession along with the tribal chiefs.

Speaking with the media, the Chief Minister assured to bring about infrastructure in the permanent site of Lum Pomblang where the ritual has been performed for over 200 years.

The Syiem (Tribal Chief) of Hima Khyrim, Dr Balajied Sing Syiem said that due to the COVID-19 relaxation, the Shad Nongkrem Festival could be celebrated with good participation from the people.

He said the Hima were able to perform the rituals smoothly and added that better days were coming and that the signs from the rituals have shown positive results.

Friday marks the main event of Shad Nongkrem (Nongkrem dance) which will be held at Smit village at the Royal Residence (Iing Sad) where men, women and children will participate in the dance.

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