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Arunachal celebrates Si Donyi festival

First Published: 6th January, 2023 9:43 IST

The festival celebrated by the Tagin community marks the beginning of the New Year

The Tagin community of Arunachal Pradesh is celebrating the Si-Donyi festival today.

Every year, Si Donyi is celebrated in the month of January, which marks the beginning of the New Year. The festival is observed for the well-being of the community residing in Upper Subansari and in West Siang district and mankind as a whole.
The name Si-Donyi is derived from two words: “Si,” which means male spiritual form of the earth, and Donyi, which means female spiritual form of the Sun.
So during the festival, the sun, the earth, and other deities are worshipped.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu extended warm greetings on the ocassion.

He tweeted, “Si Donyi is our supreme guardian who protects and takes our good care.

On the joyous occasion of Si Donyi Festival, my warm greetings to dear Tagin sisters and brothers.

Come let us together celebrate our splendid culture and tradition with joy and gaiety.”

Many traditional folk dances like Konyi Bokar and Hoyi Penam, as well as rhythmic dances like Chungne, Riabu, and Takar Ghene, are performed throughout the festival.

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