Nov 20 2016
Meghalaya literally the ‘Abode of Clouds’, describes the
climatic phenomenon that bring torrents of rain to its mountainous region.
Meghalaya is a state of great scenic beauty with rivers, waterfalls,
emerald-green lakes, panoramic view of hilltops, festivals and shopping. Today
i will discuss about annual cultural festivals and shopping locations of
Meghalaya and Shillong. As with most of the North Eastern state Meghalaya is
diversely multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi religious, with an amazing mix
of traditional and modern lifestyle. Take a look to another post Shillong Bed and Breakfast and Homestay.
all I will describe all annual festivals of Meghalaya, these are given bellow
with celebrating time or month of the year.
most colofull and religious celebrated in the month of July every year at Jowai.
The meaning of this word is ‘Drive away the evil by wooden sticks’, the
festival starts on Sunday with different rituals and celebrated during three
a harvest festival celebrated by the Garo
tribe and celebrated in the month of November each year. The festival also
known as hundred drums or Wanna. They
give thnks to Sun (god) for good rich harvesting. Wangala is celebrated for 2-3
days and sometimes during a week.
dance is five day long or a week long religious festival for Khasi tribe and celebrated
each year in the month of October/November. This dance festival is dedicated to
powerful Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for prosperity and good
Shad Suk Mynsiem is a colorful religious dance festival
and thanks giving program and conducted in the month of April each year.
festivals also celebrated throughout the state during entire year, these al are
Lasubon Festival (April/May)
Autumn Festival (October)
Discover Jaintia Festival (November/December)
Tura Winter festival (December/January)
Pingeia Williamnagar (December)
Bagmara Winter Festival (December)
Monolith Festival (March)
Ranikor River Beach Festival (March)
places in and around Shillong and Meghalaya
Police Bazar is the main commercial hub and main market.
It is a packed with shops, restaurants, emporiums, food courts and hotels
making it a convenient center of city of Shillong as well as hub of Meghalaya
Lewduh (Bara Bazar) vendors here offer some of the best
Meghalaya local products including cane and Bamboo handcrafts.
Village Markets: These village markets are held all
across the state and offer a deep insight into the life of the local tribes who
reside there. The village markets are held once in a week.