A splendid way of welcoming the new year among the Khamti community: The Buddhist Sangken festival (April) – Arunachal Pradesh

The Sangken festival is celebrated by Khamtis, they are one of the oldest tribes of Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. The district is located in the plains of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is a Buddhist festival celebrated with respect where Buddha is worshipped for the welfare of the mankind. […]

Not only Buddhists, but people from other religious background take part to give a secular feel to the festival. The celebration takes place for three consecutive days when the images of Lord Buddha are given bath ceremoniously. During the celebration the locals make home made sweet and distribute them. The exchange of gifts is also a common trait of the festival.

The main attraction of the festival is splashing clean water, which is the symbol of peace and purity. The images of Buddha are taken out and after the ceremonial bath. The procession is accompanied by drums and enjoyment. This holy bath of lord Buddha is an auspicious event in Arunachal Pradesh. On the final day, the images are taken back to their original place. […]

Not only people from Lohit District but from other district also celebrate the festival. The involvement and participation of the people shows the depth and importance of the occasion among the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Fairs and Festivals in Arunachal Pradesh

[…] Many of the festivals celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh are closely linked to agriculture, the main occupation of the state. Celebrated on a grand scale, these festivals are characterized by prayers that are later followed by merry making. Among the most popular festivals of Arunachal Pradesh are Ziro Festival of Music , Losar Festival, Tamladu Festival, Sangken Festival. […]

Arunachal Pradesh is home to a good number of tribes. So you can find some festival or the other happening in Arunachal Pradesh at any time of the year. Be a part of the celebrations when you travel to Arunachal Pradesh. For this, just get in touch with us today and we will help you plan a most memorable holiday.

Source: Fairs and Festivals in Arunachal Pradesh
URL: https://www.indianholiday.com/fairs-and-festivals/arunachal-pradesh/sangken-festival.html
Date accessed: 5 September 2018

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