There are various festivals throughout the year, but Shillong comes alive in the month of October-November during the annual autumn festival. Meghalaya Tourism with various other organisations co-host several functions and events to thrill and entertain both tourists and locals. Interspersed with fashion shows where local designers showcase their products using indigenous fabrics woven in the state and beauty pageants, are food and wine festivals, flower shows, kite flying competitions, music and rock festivals, golf tournaments, fishing competitions and a host of other activities.
Meghalaya’s Strawberry Fest is emerging as a
big tourist attraction and a business promotion event for growers and investors from across the
country. Meghalaya hosted the country’s first
Strawberry Festival on Valentine’s Day.
Celebrated worldwide as an expression of love,
one would have observed a range of products
and gift items carrying a heart-shaped symbol
or a figure of winged Cupid in stores.
Each year the festival draws a huge crowd,
including tourists at the venue. People of all
ages throng the place to try out fresh and juicy
strawberries, as well as buy packets of the fruit,
and other strawberry-based products as gifts.
The event has grown bigger with each passing
year with more growers opting for strawberry
cultivation and diversification of its products
such as strawberry wine, ice cream, cakes and
jam, besides the fruit.
The Mawkyrwat Sub Divisional Officers Welfare Association, (MSDOWA) Mawkyrwat organized the first Beach Festival at Ranikor on the 23 and 24 February 2007. The various activities organized on the two days of the festival were:
- Display of the rich cultural diversity of Ranikor by various groups, like Khasis, Garos, Hajong, Assameese etc., through dance and music.
- Beach soccer and beach volleyball
- Boat ride to the Jadukata Bridge
- Trekking to the International Border with the assistance of BSF
- Boat riding
- Archery competition with participants from all across Khasi Hills
- Kite flying
- Performance by live band
- Disco on the Beach with DJ
- Ethnic cuisine