Wangala Festival of Meghalaya is one of the most popular festivals among the Garos of Meghalaya. Wangala Festival is a harvest festival that is held in honor of Saljong, the Sun-God of fertility.
The celebrations of the Wangala Festival mark the end of a period of toil, which brings good output to the fields. The beginning of the Wangala Festival also denotes the onset of winter.
Wangala Festival: 100 Drum Festival of Meghalaya – Key Points
- The Wangala Festival is also known as 100 drum festival.
- Wangala Festival is the occasion when the tribals offer sacrifices to please their main deity Saljong (The Sun God).
- The festival is celebrated for two days and sometimes continues for weeks.
- The ceremony performed on the first day is known as “Ragula” which is performed inside the house of the chief.
- The second day is called “Kakkar”. Younger and older sections dressed in colorful clothes with feathered headgear dance to the tune of music played on long oval-shaped drums.
- The Wangala Festival is the occasion to relax and for days the hills and valleys echo with the extraordinary beat of drums.
- The popular dance forms performed during the festival, have certain subtle variations.
- The main motif is a queue of two parallel lines-one of men and the other of women clad in their festive fineries.
- Young and old join the festivities with equal enthusiasm.
- The men beat the drums, and the line moves forward in rhythmic accord.