5 facts about Shad Suk Mynsiem
Shad Suk Mynsiem also known as Weiking Dance is a rich traditional dance of the Khasis that happens annually during the month of April. Both men and women participate in this dance. It is a magnificent sight as one witnesses silver-clad men in their rich attire and women in their rich, silk garments wrapped with heavy gold, silver and coral ornaments dance to the tunes of the music.
If you happen to visit this festival, here are 5 things you should know about this festival.
1. Shad Suk Mynsiem (The Dance of the joyful soul) symbolizes the fertility cult: it represents women as the bearer of seeds and men as cultivators, who cultivates and nourishes the yield, as well as protects the nurse.
2. The beautiful maidens dance at the center while the men circle the women and dance around them. This beautiful dance sequence represents the men being protective of their women and their kingdom.
3. If you have noticed during the dance, the girls always hold a white handkerchief in their hands, this symbolizes that the girls are unmarried and are virgins.
4. Only unmarried girls can participate in this dance whereas there is no such restriction for men.
5. Unlike the Nongkrem Dance, Shad Suk Mynsiem, as the name suggests, 'The dance of the joyful soul', welcomes all the Khasis belonging to different regions or religions to take part in the dancing festival.