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The State of Meghalaya is known to receive the highest rainfall throughout the year. The tourism of Meghalaya is solely dominated by the district of Cherrapunji, roughly around 50 km from the capital city of Shillong, as it is the place of geographic wonder and lush green landscapes. The root bridges, waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes beckon a huge number of tourists around the world. While the Cherrapunji is known to receive the highest rainfall, the Shillong is a place that showers rich culture and heritage.

Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival

Where Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival is Celebrated?

The Festival of Shillong – Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance, is an epitome of cultural diversity. This festival is joyously celebrated by the Khasi people, one of the biggest ethnic groups in Meghalaya with a population of 1.5 Lakhs. Also, almost 90% of Khasi people in India are based out of Meghalaya. With more than 50% of the population in Meghalaya is of the Khasi people, the Festival of Shillong – Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance, is of utmost importance in Meghalaya.

Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival Dance

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When is Shad Suk Mynsiem Festival Celebrated?

Held annually during the month of April, Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance is a part of the festival hosted in the capital city of Shillong is usually conducted by an individual clan or family. The Khasi people are very respectful when it comes to nature and consider they consider it to be synonymous to God.

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How is Shad Suk Mynseim Festival Celebrated?

So, in the month of April, Khasi people gather around from different parts of the state to jointly worship nature for offering them a good harvest. Shortly after offering prayers, the Khasi people take part in one of the most beautiful art forms of India, Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance. Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance (previously called as Shad Phur), exemplifies the patrimonial and matrimonial aspects within the Khasi community. The dance starts with the pounds of drums, while the unmarried women and men gather around in circles taking their positions. The participation of women is limited while all men can participate. As per Khasi traditions, only the unmarried virgin women can participate in the dance.  

This particular dance form is the key to Khasi people’s culture. While the women dance slowly to the pounding drum beats and traditional rhythms, the men carrying swords and whips dance around them aggressively. This signifies how the Khasi men protect the women. This colourful dance is performed in the capital city of Shillong and is held beside the Weiking grounds. Since the population of Khasi people in Meghalaya is widespread, the dance is also performed in many other places but it is the one that takes place in Shillong, which forms the central attraction for tourists. 

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The dance also aptly signifies the harvesting of fruits and seeds. While the unmarried women move slowly taking a step forward and backwards while moving in circles, the men would rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise carrying a sword in their arms. Here the women are the bearers of fruit and the men are the cultivators. The men nurture the growth of the seeds and wait for the right moment to cultivate them. The unmarried virgin women signifying the bearers and receptacles of seeds exemplifies the women’s fertility. 

Witnessing this Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance would truly form a vivid and flamboyant memory which you would cherish for years to come! To plan this trip beforehand, it is important to approach a tour agency to make arrangements for the same. The reason for this is the difficulty in finding accommodation and conveyance. If you have no idea as to who to approach, then it is better you opt for an experiential tour operator such as Special Holidays Travel Pvt. Ltd. To know more about the Shad Suk Mynsiem Dance, and the packages offered by the Special Holidays, go to their website: https://www.specialholidays.com/

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