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The Judima Festival

2017-01-22 19:29:00 Writen By: Kiran Das

The maiden two day Judima festival was first organized on 22nd and 23rd January 2016 followed by its second ecition on 18th, 19th and 20th December 2016 to showcase tourism potentialities of the Dima Hasao district. 

 

The festival has been named after the Dimasa traditional rice wine(get your hands on the traditional beer mugs) as symbolic representation of cultural artefacts born out of human interaction with nature. Judima is both sacred and profane to the Dimasa and integral to their culutal life. The ingredients used in judima is different to other rice based beverages in the region, making its taste and flavour unique.

The festival is not only a symbolic celebration of the rich Dimasa drink but envisaged to initiate the idea of an alternative means of livelihood to the local brewers. 

It is also worth noting that the event saw the coglomeration of differnt cultures from different ethnicities which will help in further strengthening the harmony among the various tribes residing in the hill district. 

More importantly the festival seeks to establish Haflong, the only hill station in Assam, in the tourism map of India. 

Event Basket:

The festival hosted various range of events from display of rich traditional cultural performances, trekking and adventure trips to musical nights packed with local and western music. 

 

1. Traditional Performances: Dances from all the major ethnic groups in the district, ballad singing, poetry recital and traditional sports. A spectacular attration was the Drums of Dimasas wherein 106 drums Dimasa traditional beats. 

2. Competitions : Judima competition, competition of traditional textile designs, painting competition. 

3. Adventure events: Heritage trek on Abandoned MG Railways track, Barail Mountain Trek, Cultural tour to Samphardisa Village and Trekking to Bendao Baiglai ( Bendao Waterfalls), Zip Lining, Burma Bridge and Monkey crawling.

4. Bands on Judima stage : Soul Mate (Shillong), Spreading Roots(Guwahati), Koloma (Tripura), Dima project (Dimapur), Rain in Sahara( Guwahati) besides numerous other local talents rocked the Judima stage. 

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