In an endeavour to promote the traditions and cultures of various tribes inhabiting in the region, a five-day long 'Dimoria Ethnic Festival' was recently organized in Dimoria Block of Assam's Kamrup District.
Dimoria is home to many tribes like Karbis, Tiwas, Bodos and Garos.
The festival not only promoted tribal culture, including their food and costumes but also provided an opportunity for local weavers and young entrepreneurs to show their work.
"Such an event is happening for the first time in this small village. Earlier we could not sell our products, but such festivals help in marketing food and clothes. Women are unable to move out of their villages, but now they can showcase their talent through these festivals. It is very good and it should continue," said Rupa Athing, an entrepreneur
Tribal dances and folk music enthralled the audiences, while ethnic cuisines tickled the taste buds of food connoisseurs. Sports activities like archery and javelin throw attracted many as well.
"We celebrate this programme Dimoria ethnic festival and this festival will help to promote the culture and also the dance performed here. The dance has people belonging to different communities. So, there are people in large communities," said Dhiren Ingtian organiser.
"It is important as we are losing our traditions, way of living. The new generation has lost contact with its roots - be it food, traditions etc. Hence such festivals give self-help groups a chance to showcase their culture," Luky Borgohain, a visitor.
There are over 220 ethnic groups inhabiting the northeast region and such festivals help people from other parts of the country become familiar with their traditions and cultures.