Members of the Garo tribe performing Wangala dance at Don Bosco Square in Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong: As part of the week-long celebration around Meghalaya Day 2020 , a cultural carnival procession was organised by the department of arts and culture on Saturday. Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma flagged off the event at Madan Iewrynghep, Fire Brigade ground in Shillong.

Addressing the crowd, Sangma said, “This programme that we are having today is a carnival where we are showcasing different tribes and cultures and different communities of the state and the region as a whole. We do hope that as time goes this particular week will become more exciting. This carnival is something we plan to continue every year and we hope it will improve.”

Several communities, tribes and cultures were showcased in this carnival. Students from the Institute of Hotel Management, who hailed from different states, were also part of the event.

The Khasi tribe led the procession with men and women decked up in their traditional attire. The men and women continued dancing to the Khasi tunes all throughout the procession.

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The smiling faces of young girls from Arunachal Pradesh, crowned in strings of beads and the colour co-ordination of their traditional attire lit up the carnival all the more.

Despite the chilly breeze, the men from the Garo tribe ditched their shirts and were seen draped in ‘Dakmanda’ and beating the wooden traditional drums. While the sound of the drums echoed, the women from the Garo tribe continued with the ‘Wangala’ dance.

Different communities from neighbouring Assam also took part in the event. The Jaintia tribe danced to the famous Jaintia song Chad Sukra, which means to dance with joy for good health, both mentally and physically.

Many of the participants were thrilled with this experience and were happy that they could be part of such a unique carnival procession.

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