Arunachal Pradesh became the 25th state of the Indian Union with statehood being conferred upon it
on the 20th of February, 1987. The people of the state celebrate the Festival of Arunachal to commemorate ‘the State Hood Day’. The festivities are carried out in Itanagar, the state capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The major attractions of this festival include a cultural evening, traditional textile and handicraft expo, food stalls, exotic flower shows, sports events and completions.
Arunachal Pradesh is a home to over indigenous 20 major tribes, each with their unique culture, traditions and festivals. The ‘Festival of Arunachal’ thus acts as a grand platform to showcase the culinary and aesthetic variety and cultural diversity.
The celebration of Statehood Day in Arunachal Pradesh is associated with many exciting events like –
The Food Village showcasing Mo’Mos from Tawang, smoke fish and meat from the Siang and Subansiri, steamed rice form Lohit and many more appetizing dishes from other districts, Handloom & Craft Bazaar.
The Handloom & Craft Bazaar showcasing the world famous wood carvers from Tawang, Bomdila and Tirap, deft fingers of artisans from Assam and cane & bamboo products of Meghalaya.
Flower Show Competition for various groups like orchids, seasonal, foliage ornamentals, cactus, Bonsai, Ferns, Cut-flowers, Flower arrangements etc. Herbal/medicinal plant with forest Department is showcased here.
Indigenous Games Demonstration showcasing traditional games like Wrist gripping, Bamboo skill, Stick wrestling, Rukli, Tug of war etc.
Cultural Evening showcasing the folk, tribal dance forms of various States of India including Snow lion dancers from the snow capped mountains of the Tawang, Rosy cheeked dancers from Subansiri, dancers from Siang & Tirap etc.