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Festivals are an essential part of the socio-cultural life of the people. The festivals have a connection with agriculture and are celebrated with ritualistic gaiety either to thank God for the providence or to pray for a bumper harvest. Some of the important festivals are Mopin and Solung of Adis, Lossar of Monpas, Sherdukpens and Boori-Boot of the Hill Miris, Dree of Apatanis, Sidonyi of Taging, Nyokum of Nishis, Reh of Idu Mishmis etc. Animal sacrifice is a common ritual in all festivals. 

Dances are vital elements to express the zest and joy of life of the tribals. They vary from highly stylish religious dance dramas of the Buddhists to the martial steps and colorful performances of the Noctes and Wanchos. The 'Ponung' dance of Adis is performed by teams of young girls to perfect rhythmic unison. Similiar group dances are performed by the Nishis and Tagins of Upper and Lower Sanansiri Districts. 


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