Apatanis of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh celebrate the Myoko festival in March every year. They attach importance to this festival as they have this age-old belief that by performing the rituals they can ensure fertility, both in the fields and in its people. Another aspect is the firm conviction that they can promote and strengthen family, clan and inter-village ties.
Sacrifice of livestock like pigs and chicken form a major part of the festival as also the rituals performed by the village Shaman or priest. There is dancing and merry making by the village folk, taking out processions in their traditional dresses are some of the features of the festival.
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