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The 100 Drum Wangala Festival

Wangala Festival of Meghalaya, India is a traditional harvest festival practiced by the Garo tribe. Also known as the ‘100 Drum Wangala Festival’, it signifies the onset of winter season and at the same time marks the end of the hard labor in the fields. The harvest season is when the farmers reap the fruits of their hard work and thus it is a period of happiness and merry making.

Wangala Festival is also celebrated to honor Misi Saljong, the Great Giver God.  It is the grandest festival of Meghalaya and the main attraction is the orchestra comprising of gongs, flutes, long oval-shaped drums and the traditional flutes made of buffalo horns. The tribal people dress up in colorful traditional dresses with feathered headgear and perform folk dances to the music.

 

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