Northeast India's Vibrant Festivals: September to December Extravaganza

Folk artists at Folk Tea Festival of Assam

Here is a list of festivals in Northeast India taking place from September to December, categorized into music & contemporary festivals and traditional festivals:

**Music & Contemporary Festivals:**

1. **Hornbill Festival, Kohima, Nagaland:** 

A vibrant celebration of Naga culture, featuring music, dance, and traditional performances. Held in December.

2. **Ziro Music Festival, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh:** 

A must-visit for music enthusiasts, this festival showcases indie and folk music against the backdrop of the picturesque Ziro Valley. Held in September.

3. **Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival, Meghalaya:** 

Witness the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom while enjoying cultural performances and local cuisine. Held in November.

4. **Orange Festival, Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh:** 

Celebrate the harvest of oranges with music, adventure sports, and a taste of Arunachal's rich culture. Held in December.

5. **Folk Tea Festival, Biswanath Chariali, Assam:** 

Savor Assam's finest teas and immerse yourself in folk traditions and music at the Hatipoti Tea Garden along with a scenic car rally. Held in November.

6. **Sangai Festival, Manipur:** 

Experience Manipur's diverse culture through dance, music, and exhibitions, celebrating the Sangai deer, the state animal. Held in November.

**Traditional Festivals:**

1. **Nongkrem Dance Festival, Meghalaya:** 

A showcase of Khasi tribal culture, featuring traditional dances, rituals, and religious ceremonies. Held in November.

2. **Wangala Festival, Meghalaya:** 

Celebrate the harvest season with the Garo tribe, featuring dance performances and rituals centered around their deity, Misi Saljong. Held between September and December.

These festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural diversity and traditions of Northeast India during the latter part of the year.