Solung Festival Arunachal Pradesh

One of the popular agriculture festivals, Solung is celebrated by the Adi Tribes. The festival is celebrated in the first week of September, after the sowing of seeds, to seek prosperity and a good harvest. The main celebration of the festivals are in three main parts - Sopi---Yekpi (the first part and the sacrificial day), Binnayat (the second part, the ritual offering to goddess of crops, Kine Nane) and Ekop (also called Taktor; the ritual made for protection against harms by evil spirits)

The first part known as Sopi-Yekpi or Ardo-Bado is the main inaugural day during which mithuns and pigs are sacrificed and offered to Dadi Bote, the god of domestic animals. The second part of the festival is Binyat during which the goddess of crops and food, Kine Nane, is worshiped. During the last phase of the festival, Ekop or Taktor, Miri, the singer leader, narrates the story of Nibo or Abotani who was the forefather of the Tanis.

Apart from all these, people offer rituals for the protection against the evil spirits and pray to Doying Bote and Gumin-Soyin to shower their blessings. The main highlight of the festival that makes it a must see over a tour to Arunachal Pardesh is Ponung dance performance, which is done by the ladies of all age group.

Solung Festival

Tribal people also exchange gifts in the form of meat and Apong (rice beer). There's no better way to get to know the Adi tribes culture and socio-economic value than to attend this festival.

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