The 4 Day Hundred Drums Wangala festival kick starts today at Asananggre in WGH District

Shillong, November 8: The 4 day Hundred Drums Wangala Festival and Cultural extravaganza kick started today at Asananggre, West Garo Hills, near Tura commencing with the indigenous games and sports of the Garo tribes.

It may be mentioned that the Wangala is the most significant post harvest festival of the Garos generally held in the second week of November every year. It is a Thanksgiving ceremony to Misi Saljong also known as Pattigipa Rarongipa (The Great Giver) for having blessed the people with rich harvest of the season.

Wangala which is the cultural identity of the Garos is fast disappearing due to the impact of modern civilization and western culture. Therefore in order to protect and preserve and promote this cultural identity, a group of Garo intellectuals put their heads together and decided to organize the Wangala Festival on modern lines.

The first 100 drums Wangala Festival was successfully organized on 6th and 7th December, 1976 at Asanang, the Headquarter of Rongram Development Block, since then, the 100 Drums Wangala Festival is being organized in the second week of November every year and the festival has grown over the years under the patronage of the Government of Meghalaya and nurtured by Festival Organization.

The indigenous games organized as part of the wangala festival comprises of  Wapong Sika, Jakpong Pea, An∙ding O∙ka, Rong∙ma Chilsusaa, Rong∙ma Gosusaa, Tug of War amongst others. Sports enthusiast from the different localities and districts also participated in the progamme.

 

 

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