Mopin – Festival of the Adi Galo

Every year, during the first five days of April, the Adi Galo tribe celebrates the Mopin festival. Mopin is thought to bring wealth and prosperity to households and to the Gallong community as a whole. It is also believed that the festival drives away evil shadows and spreads God’s blessing of universal happiness.

During Mopin, Adi Galo villages come alive with dancing and chanting of rhythmic songs. The village folk don their traditional white-and-black costumes and colorful ornaments, smear rice flour paste on each other’s faces and enjoy locally brewed rice wine called Apong while chanting folk songs complimented by an elegant dance known as Popir.

Women with bowls that contain rice flour paste.

Women with bowls that contain rice flour paste.

Adi Galo Dancers performing the Popir.

Adi Galo Dancers performing the Popir.

Beautiful female Adi Galo dancers.

Beautiful female Adi Galo dancers

Adi Galo male dancers.

Adi Galo male dancers

Adi Galo Girls in Traditional Attire and Headgear

Adi Galo Girls in Traditional Attire and Headgear

The Mopin festival culminates with the sacrifice of a Mithun, a bovine species found only in North East India and Burma, which the Adi Galo believe will bring good fortune, a successful harvest and a prosperous new year.

An Adi Galo Shaman

An Adi Galo Shaman

Blessing the Sacrificial Mithun

Blessing the Sacrificial Mithun

One Comment on “Mopin – Festival of the Adi Galo

  1. Pingback: Attending the Mystical Mopin Festival in Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh - Global Gallivanting Travel Blog

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