Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi or Singpho Festival is an “Ethno-Cultural Festival” of the Singpho tribe. This year Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi will start from tomorrow, i.e., 14th February 2014 at Bordumsa, Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
Singphos are the people living in the North Eastern region of India. Only a few thousand people inhabiting sparsely both in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. They have a rich cultural which has faded away slowly in course of their living in the midst of blended cultures and different tribes and communities. The modern technologies which brought tremendous changes in man’s way of life, made them close to one another. Now the small community gets together in a particular place and enjoy altogether once in a year.
Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi festival is unique in more ways than one. This festival is basically held annually like in other countries where the Singphos (called Jinghpaw in Myanmar n Jingpo in China) inhabit to commemorate the tribe’s forefather/progenitor. The festival is opened up by putting up shadung, a set of ceremonial pillars, which is regarded as the symbol of the Festival. During putting up of the shadung gidhing gumdin manau, the dance of unity is performed to proclaim praise, unity and prosperity. At the end of the dance, padeng manau the war winning dance, shut manau the celebration dance, kumran Manau, the farewell dance etc are performed.