Dree festival is an important agricultural festival of the Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh. It is in fact, the biggest festival celebrated by the Apatani’s and is marked by sacrificial offerings and prayers. Celebrated on July 5 every year, you can be a part of this three-day long auspicious festival that happens in the Ziro district of the state.

Dree is celebrated in order to have a bountiful harvest season, during which the Apatani’s offer prayers to the four Gods they follow – Tamu, Harniang, Metii, and Danyi. The festival is joyously celebrated by everybody wearing their traditional cloths and an elaborate feast is cooked up. Delicious and tangy rice and millet beer are served to everyone, followed by traditional song and dance performed by the tribal people.

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Interestingly, during the festival, cucumber is distributed to the guests and participants which symbolises the sacredness of the vegetable and the importance of a good agriculture. Throughout the three day festival games and sports are actively played, which in turn acts as their source of entertainment. You can be a part of this festival to understand the rituals of their rich cultural heritage. The womenfolk of the Aptani tribe blend beer called Apong and visit the homes of their relatives with a bottle, which signifies the strengthening of love amongst the community.

Celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm, people sacrifice fowls, eggs and animals and pray to the deities so that he protects the plants from harmful pests and insects, famine, epidemics, ensures the fertility of the soil, prevents the paddy plants from drying. and protects mankind. The venue for worship is decided by the high priest (Nyibu), which is often a placed near the paddy fields.