Wangala Festival Celebrations
The festival brings relaxation for the people of Meghalaya. The sound of drums played during this festival echoes in the hills for a long period to come. Although the dances performed every time have some variations, yet the main idea remains a queue of two parallel lines - one of men and other of women clad in their festive fineries. Participants move in lines while playing drums in a rhythmic manner.
Attractions of Wangala Festival
The festival is held every year at Asanang village near Tura. It is also known as Dobakhol and is also known as the Cave of the Bats. One interesting thing about these caves is the deposit of stalagmite found here till date. The caves, their location, the weather, serene natural beauty, cloudy sky all mesmerize the tourists coming here and especially during the Wangala Festival as the atmosphere is studded with rhythmic music of drums.
Significance of Wangala FestivalMeghalaya, which means
land of clouds, is mainly an agricultural and farming land. The
inhabitants here therefore generally worship the Lord of farming and
agriculture. The Wangala Festival is therefore a grand carnival to
celebrate the harvest season. This is because after year long toil the
inhabitants find relief in seeing the golden harvest. So, they pay
homage to the lord who has blessed them with such a splendid crop and
sing and dance to offer worship to the great deity. The inhabitants of
Garo hills also make numerous offerings and sacrifices to the Lord for
his support and blessings. In all the festival elaborates on the culture
and traditions of the inhabitants of Garo Hills.
Time of Celebration
from celebrating the golden harvest the festival also signifies the
onset of winters. Thus, the festival is certainly celebrated in winters,
generally in the month of November.