Behdienkhalm Jaintia Tribe | Meghalaya
Behdienkhalm Festival is celebrated by the people from Jaintia Tribe of Meghalaya. The festival is the most celebrated religious festival among the Jaintia tribe. Behdienkhlam is celebrated to chase away the Demon of Cholera. This festival is celebrated annually in July after the sowing period. This festival is also celebrated for seeking blessings of god for a bumper harvest. Behdienkhlam festival meghalayaWomen do not participate in the dancing, as they perform offering sacrificial food to the spirits of their forefathers. The festival is held at Jowai and is one of the most well known festivals in Meghalaya.
The ceremony and ritual is carried out three days. On the last day of the festival, people gather in the afternoon at a place called Aitnar. Young and old people dance to the tunes of the pipes and drums. Tall-decorated structures called “Raths” and a wooden post-called “Khnongs” are brought into the pool. People feel that there should be rain on this particular day of the festival. The climax of the festival features all the people dressed up in their best attire. They converge to a place called Mynthong to witness a game called dad-lawakor. The game is played by using a wooden ball between the Northerners and the Southerners. The winner wins the match by putting the ball on the other side. This signifies that in the following year there would be a bumper harvest in that particular region. In the evening a lot of funfair and merry making is done as part of the celebrations.