The annual Hundred Drums Wangala Festival has began on a cultural fervor with the arrival of ten Wangala Dance Troupes from various parts of Garo Hills at Asanang in West Garo Hills of Meghalaya.
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 Ra∙rongipa (The Great Giver) for having blessed the people with rich harvest of the season.
Facts About Meghalaya
- During the early British rule, the districts of Khasi hills, Jaintia hills and Garo hills were independent Kingdoms.
- Meghalaya became an autonomous state by virtue of Assam Reorganization (Meghalaya) Act, 1969 and North East Areas (Reorganization) Act, 1971.
- On January 21, 1972, the new state of Meghalaya was formed.
- Meghalaya is one of the seven sister states of India.
- The literal meaning of the term “Meghalaya” is “Abode of Clouds”.
- The capital city of Meghalaya is Shillong. Shillong is one of the most popular as Hill Station in India. Shillong is known as the Scotland of East.
- The Cherrapunji town in Khasi hill holds the world record of most rainfall in a calendar month.
- Nongkrem Dance, Wangala and Behdienkhlam are the major festivals in Meghalaya.