Do you know that Arunachal Pradesh received statehood on 20th February?
The former North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) during the British Raj was named Arunachal Pradesh and gained the status of a Union Territory in 1972. It was in 1987, that it received complete statehood. On 20th February 1987, two Indian states Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram had received statehood.
Arunachal Pradesh is also known as the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’. It is one of the most abundant states when it comes to natural resources and gorgeous landscapes that is the reason why names like ‘The Orchid State of India ‘or the ‘Paradise of the Botanists’ are given to the state. In terms of its area, AP is the largest of the seven sister states of Northeast India.
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On this day when Arunachal Pradesh received statehood on 20th February, let’s dig into its culture and other famous festivals. These are the ten most famous festivals of Arunachal Pradesh:
Siang River Festival
- It is held to promote eco-tourism and festivities like folk dance, music, elephant race, boat race, handloom and other crafts exhibitions, food stalls, etc. take place during the festival.
- It also helps people from all the communities and tribe come together and celebrate their comradeship. It is celebrated in December every year and the dates can vary.
Pangsau Pass Winter Festival
- Celebrated in Nampong in District Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh, this is a popular three-day winter festival that takes place from January 20 to 22 every year.
Ziro Festival of Music
- A four day festival for music and art enthusiasts, it is one of the biggest and most happening music festivals in Arunachal Pradesh.
- It is an agricultural festival that is celebrated especially by Adi community for ten days in July or August. Its dates differ each year.
- It is a gala event that is celebrated by merry-making and feasting with friends and relatives.
- A festival of Nyishi tribe to celebrate brotherhood, communal harmony and prosperity.
- It is a two-day festival celebrated in February by performing prayers, dancing and feasting.
- It is a festival celebrated to welcome the New Year by the Monpa Tribe. The celebrations can last up to 8 to 15 days.
- Local deities are worshipped on this day seeking their protection and grace.
- Sacrifices are also made during this festival to please the good lord.
- It is a festival that brings together all the communities regardless of their caste or creed. It celebrates the arrival of the spring season.
- Prayers are offered to the Lord seeking prosperity, well-being and fertility of the land.
- It is a festival celebrated to bid farewell to the winter season by the Nocte Tribe of Tirap district.
- Traditional rituals are performed, people come together and celebrate.
- A Sanken festival is a three-day event celebrated by the Khampti tribe of Lohit district.
- The idol of Buddha is bathed during the festival and the celebrations mark the beginning of the New Year.
Arunachal Pradesh is a culturally rich state because of the plentiful tribes residing in the different parts of the state, giving it a more colorful and diverse culture.