Si Donyi Festival Tagin Tribe | Arunachal Pradesh
Celebrated during January, Si Donyi is a significant festival of the Tagin people. It is rooted to the tribe’s believe that the sun, moon, earth and natural elements play a vital role in the daily lifestyle and tribulations.
Si Donyi is the main festival of the people belonging to the Tagin Tribe and is celebrated during the first week of February. Like all Tagin festivals, Si Doni is rooted to the tribe’s believe that the sun, moon, earth and natural elements are vital on a man’s day to day workings.
During Si Donyi, all members of community are kind and generous. A white mixture of rice powder and Apeng (rice-beer) known as Etting is liberally applied to faces by everyone. Due to the high expenses involved in the festival, it is only observed in groups in villages and towns. A jovial mood with focus on rituals, dances and folklore is observed during the festival.
Most preparations are done by the youth who start working a month earlier. The elderly Tagins of the Si Donyi committee direct the operations and selected Nibu (priests) guide and perform rituals.
It is important to note that Si Donyi is not just celebrated to appease the creators Si and Donyi, but also to seek their blessing for good crop and prevention of diseases. Si Doni is indeed the festival of prosperity, plenty and success for the Tagins.