Itanagar, July 6: The rainfall didn’t stop Arunachal from celebrating its popular ‘Dree Festival’ of Apatani community with traditional pomp and gaiety Yesterday. On this day Apatanis usually pray their traditional Gods to bring in a plentiful harvest season along with the defeat of destructive forces in the society.
Apatani plateau located at the Ziro in the Lower Subansiri district had organised a grand celebration to mark 50 years of modernised form of Dree festival where the Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju took part as the Chief Guest.
The festival is marked by grand ritual and community feasts. In ‘Dree Festival’, celebrations the main attraction is the traditional songs and dances.
On the auspicious occasion of Dree, state State Governor PB Acharya and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have extended their best wishes and heartiest greetings to the people of the State.
Governor wished the warmth and splendour of the festival usher in happiness and prosperity in the coming year.CM hoped that Dree festival would bring with it a brotherhood, communal harmony, peace, serenity and prosperity in the state.
The Dree festival is marked by grand ritual and community feasts served with delicious rice and millet beer. Despite inclement weather, people are joining the celebration in a grand manner.Traditional songs and dances are part of the main attraction of the Dree celebrations.
The Dree Festival is celebrated by offering prayers to four gods which are Tamu, Harniang, Metii, and Danyi to bring in a bountiful harvest season. As part of the rituals, fowls, eggs, and animals are also sacrificed during this festival.