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Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh graced the 43rd Hundred Drums Wangala Festival on the second and final day of the celebration held at Wangala A’dam, Chibragre under West Garo Hills District.
Metbah Lyngdoh said that this is the second time he is witnessing the Wangala festival and that he had attended for the first time in the year 2018. He appreciated the effort of the organising committee for selecting this permanent site, which is for the greater cause of the people of Garo Hills.
Highlighting the importance of the festival which is being celebrated every year, he reminded the effort and farsighted wisdom of the then leaders and pioneers of the Wangala committee who had worked hard to bring in the concept of preserving the culture and traditions of our tribe for our future generations.
Speaking on the occasion as Guest of Honour, Ferlin C A Sangma, Chairman, Meghalaya State Council on Climate Change and Sustainable Development said that it is a matter of great pride since after 44 years the committee had acquired the permanent site for showcasing the rich culture and traditions of the Garos.
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Informing that the culture and traditions of the Garos are fast disappearing because of modernisation, she said that for this reason, the pioneers of Wangala committee had felt the need to preserve our custom and values including language, traditional dresses, and others for which this tradition of celebrating Wangala festival is being held every year, she added.
The 100 Drums Wangala is the post-harvest festival of the Garos, comprising various thanksgiving rituals followed with merrymaking, music and dance which have been reduced to 30 drums this year because of the pandemic.
Apart from the usual rhythm of the drums, Garo War Dance performed by Rombagre troops was introduced for the first time in the Wangala festival depicting how the Garo forefathers waged wars with their enemies and the manner they celebrate their victory after their triumphant win adding more grandeur to the festival this year.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)