GUWAHATI: The 37th Singhpho National Festival “Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi”, an annual ethno-cultural festival of the Singpho tribe started today in Enthem, Margherita, Assam. Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi is an annual festival of the Singpho tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
“People residing in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh celebrate this festival every year. Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have jointly organized the festival. It will be a two-day event. Normally this festival is observed for four days, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year we have decided to conduct the festival for 2 days,” said an organizer.
“This event has been organized at a total budget of 25 lakhs rupees. People from different parts of the country visit this festival,” said an official.
The festival is organized to showcase the varied and rich culture, customs, and exotic flora and fauna of Arunachal Pradesh. The word Poi means Festival Manau means Dance, thus Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi stands for Dance Festival in honor of Shapawng Yawng.