Meghalaya is also known as the Abode of the Clouds, as the name suggests. Since it is located high above the mountains and is covered by the clouds, the name Meghalaya is an apt one. Meghalaya consists of numerous Fairs and Festivals all round the year. If you visit Meghalaya you would feel that like Rabindranath Tagore that “The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps— does anybody know where it was born? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning”.
Meghalaya is that dream child of God; hemmed with blue mountain ranges, white peaks and golden sunrays, Meghalaya had perhaps been the dwelling place of the Gods and Goddesses. Now this state constitutes mainly of the tribal population who are said to have inhabited the region from time immemorial. So, this place is replete with numerous ceremonies and traditional fiestas and is just the right place for pilgrimage as well!
Description of the Fairs and Festivals in Meghalaya:
The important festivals among the Garos is the Wangala Festival which is the harvest fête held in the honor of the Sun God also known as Salijong. The grand fiesta marks the end of a long period of labor when good days finally comes, and it is said that every cloud has a silver lining, so, the farmers enjoy their bright silvery days with dance, music and entertainment.
Another festival known as the Nongkrem is a unique one. It is celebrated among the Khasis and it is just a secular carnival marked with ballet and songs.
Behdienkhlam is an important religious fiesta which includes young people beating drums all over the village. The end of the festival is marked by fighting between undressed men with swords and is followed by a horse play.