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In news: Yangli Festival


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Yangli Festival, Khelchawa Festival, Tiwa Tribe

Mains level: NA

Why in the news?

Tiwa tribals dance recently celebrated the Yangli festival at Bormarjong village, in Karbi Anglong district, Assam.

About Tiwa Tribals

  • Tiwa tribes, also known as Lalungs, inhabit both the hills and plains of Assam and Meghalaya states.
  • They hold the status of a Scheduled Tribe in Assam.
  • The hill-dwelling Tiwa villagers engage in traditional practices such as Jhum cultivation, horticulture, and the cultivation of local crops and vegetables.
  • Their language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman linguistic group.

 About Yangli Festival

  • The Yangli festival is celebrated before starting the paddy sowing
  • It is also known as the Lakshmi Puja of the Tiwa people.
  • It is celebrated with traditional rituals, emphasizing the community’s strong ties to agriculture, their primary livelihood.
  • It serves as an occasion for prayers seeking a bountiful harvest and divine protection for crops against pests and natural calamities.
  • It is held once in 5 years.
  • In April, Khelchawa festival is celebrated by Tiwa tribes marking close of the harvest season.

Celebratory Activities:

  • Festivities commenced with traditional rituals and vibrant dances.
  • It continues with a joyous gathering along the riverbanks.
  • It draws participation from over five hundred individuals representing various groups like Amchi, Rangkhai, and Magrat.
  • Ceremonial animal sacrifices, including poultry and goats, are performed to honour the goddess and ensure her benevolence upon the Tiwa people’s granary, known as “NoBaro.”


[2014] Every year, a month long ecologically important campaign/festival is held during which certain communities/ tribes plant saplings of fruit-bearing trees. Which of the following are such communities/tribes?

(a) Bhutia and Lepcha

(b) Gond and Korku

(c) lrula and Toda

(d) Sahariya and Agariya

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