Shillong: The three-day Shad Suk Mynsiem festival (The Dance of Peaceful Hearts) came to an end here on Monday, witnessing several of the tribal Khasi men and women participating in the Thanksgiving dance.

Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem is organised by Seng Khasi Kmie and started on Saturday April 9, with the dance held at Weiking ground. 

Clad in traditional attires, the center of the ground was bright with yellow as women decked in Dhara (Traditional attire) danced to the beat of the Ksing (Drum) while the Khasi men decked in a beautiful turban attached with cock feathers, surrounded the women and moved along with the traditional music.

Speaking with EastMojo, Assistant General Secretary of Seng Khasi Kmie, Paia B Synrem said the festival of thanksgiving dance is a way to express gratitude to God Almighty for his blessings and seek his blessings for the days to come. 

Explaining about the dance, Synrem said the dance reflects the Khasi Society; how it is being governed. “The male dancer dancing around the female shows that men are the protector of the family. The female in the center shows the dignity that they are upholding in the society,” added Synrem.

He also added that they are grateful to God for giving good health, harvest and prosperity. 

Valerie Nengnong, who had come to watch the dance, said she was glad that things are back to normal; that they can all gather at Weiking to watch the annual festival. 

It maybe mentioned that for the first time in the history of Seng Khasi, Shad Suk Mynsiem couldn’t be held in 2020 when the pandemic hit the world. In 2021, the festival was held but with several restrictions.

This year with no more restrictions Weiking ground was packed with several khasi men and women waiting to participate in the traditional dance.

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