Ka Pomblang Nongkrem is a harvest festival that is celebrated in Meghalaya. Tribal and local people of Meghalaya perform folk dances and folk music to mark the day as a thankyou gesture in the honor of mother nature for a good harvest. Nongkrem is a folk dance of the state that is performed to please the gods and goddesses to seek their blessings and a good harvest. Ka Pomblang Nongkrem is a 5-day annual festival that is celebrated in the month of November.
Ka Pomblang festival is celebrated in the Smit village near Shillong, Meghalaya. The festival is an opportunity for the locals to spread awareness about their customs and beliefs and introduce them to the next generations. Locals also offer their gratitude to nature for the good harvest.
The Pomblang festival is primarily celebrated by the people of the Khasi tribe. The local people also promote communal harmony through this 5-day event as many different tribes and people from different religions participate and witness the festival.
An important ritual of the festival is the sacrifice of a goat. Locals believe that this is done to please the gods for the next bumper harvest. People wear their ethnic dresses to participate in the festival.
Traditional attire of the Khasi men and women is another major highlight of the festival. Khasi women wear a Jainsen which is a type of skirt that reaches ankles. Women also wear a shawl on the top. Along with these Khasi women also wear accessories along with the dress to add style and compliment the overall look. Silver crown is also worn by the women of the Khasi tribe which is unique and looks attractive.
The Pomblang festival also features the local Khasi tribal dishes that are made using local herbs and spices that offer a unique flavor and aroma. Some dishes that one must try at the festival are Jadoh (rice and pork), Ja Stem (rice and sesame paste), Dohneiiong (pork curry), and Dohkhlieh (salad).
By Road. Tourists who are looking forward to attending the festival have to visit Meghalaya. Traveling by road comes with two options one is to take the inter-state tourists bus to Meghalaya or take their personal car or bike and drive to the state. Both ways one has to cover approximately 1,900, 2,700, 1,000 and 2,900 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
By Rail. Tetelia train station is the nearest station to reach Smit village that hosts the festival every year. The railway station is well-connected to all parts of the country hence traveling to the city will not be a problem. From the station, one has to take the local transport such as a bus or a taxi to reach the Smit village which is nearly 100km away.
By Air. Guwahati airport is the nearest airport to reach Smit village in Meghalaya. The airport receives direct and connecting flights from all the metropolitan cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, and Jaipur. From the airport, one may take a taxi or a bus to travel ahead.
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18th - 22nd November 2019
Smit Village Meghalaya
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