Ka Pomblang Nongkrem or Shad Nongkrem

Ka Pomblang Nongkrem or Shad Nongkrem is the most important and elaborate festival of the Khasis. This five day long colourful festival, is held annually in November at Smit, the capital of the Khyrem Syiemship near Shillong for thanksgiving to the Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for a rich harvest and prosperity of the people.

An important part of this festival is Pomblang (decapitation of goats) Ceremony, at which goats are sacrificed and offerings are made to the ancestor and ancestress of the ruling clan and the deity of Shillong peak (U-Lei Shillong). A sanctification ceremony of the Tangmuri (pipes) as queen of the musical instruments, form part of the ritual.

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