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Sangken - Socio-Religious Festival of Tai Khampti

Sangken Festival, Arunachal Pradesh
Sangken Festival, Arunachal Pradesh
The Sangken festival of Arunachal Pradesh is celebrated by Khamtis, which are one of the oldest tribes of Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. Sangken is a Buddhist festival celebrated annually with respect where Buddha is worshipped for the welfare of the mankind. This is a glorious occasion where images of Lord Buddha are being bathed with holy water ceremoniously. This festival also marks their New Year and the locals here sprinkle water on each other as a sign of happiness.

Sangken Festival Celebrations & Rituals

According to the Khampti calendar this festival falls in the month of 'Naun Ha' (fifth month of the year) and corresponds to the Sankranthi of Baisakh. Sangken Festival is celebrated on 14th of April, among the natives where not only Buddhist but people from other religious background also take part in all the rituals and celebrations of this festival. The major attraction of this festival is splashing water on each other which is said to be the symbol of peace and purity.

After the ceremonial bath, images of Buddha are taken out and followed by procession which 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. The ceremony ends on a satisfied note amidst prayers of a happy and prosperous new year. The involvement and participation of the people shows the depth and importance of the occasion among the people of Arunachal Pradesh.