Ronghoan Festival of the Nocte Tribe of Tirap District, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Traditional festivals are the amalgamation of various aspects of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which reflects the worldview and culture of a particular community. Understanding festivals in the natural socio-cultural context is very important to understand the culture of a particular community. This paper attempts to describe the Ronghoan festival of the Nocte tribe inhabiting in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, India and discusses various aspects of the festival by interpreting the associated rituals and symbolic attributes, which largely manifest their worldviews. It also highlights the multifaceted nature and role of festival in Nocte society and tries to identify a variety of tasks performed by festival. Ronghoan is a harvest festival of millet celebrated by Nocte community of Khonsa (Hakhun) village during the month of June-July every year. It is celebrated to propitiate the god, Almighty Rang for his blessing in order to attain good crops and well-being of the village.