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The Tagins, one of the major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh largely inhabit the lush-green mountainous district of Upper Subansiri are closely connected to nature. Largely animist, the Tagins celebrate one of its major festivals Si-Donyi with much religious fervor that portrays their deep connection with nature.
In the Tagin community, ‘Si’, which is the Spiritual form of ‘Seching’ (The earth) and ‘Donyi’ (the Sun) are the supreme power and authority that determine and control the drama enacted by mankind and various other unseen forces of the neither world in the universe. Hence, ‘Si’ and ‘Donyi’ fused together as Si-Donyi is celebrated as a festive occasion with religious fervor to express the joy of being alive and to pay homage and pray for the well being of all mankind.
The hymns chanted by priests in the celebration of festival are religiously done to convey the message of mankind to Si-Donyi so that all the evil spirits are stopped from carrying out their activities, which are harmful to human beings. The celebration includes various forms of religious recitations, ceremonies and ritualistic dances and is in fact a way to maintain and preserve the belief, origin and beginning of the life of the community. Si-Donyi occupies the most prominent position and exhibits the traditional attire of the Tagin community in particular and the whole human race in general.

Celebrated annually from 5th to 8th January, the Si-Donyi Festival Celebration Committee Capital Complex (SDFCCCC), Itanagar-2016 led by Dikto Yekar, Chairman SDFCCCC, Tayum Udik Taba, Vice-Chairman SDFCCCC and Riakji Duchok, Secretary SDFCCCC made sure that this year the festival was celebrated in a grand manner at Naharlagun. The Mithun Donors of the auspicious occasion were Tai Tasung, Councilor, Banderdewa and Topo Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar.
Welcomed to the festival ground with the traditional Tagin Ponung dance, UD & Housing Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak, who had arrived as chief guest and guest of honour respectively, unveiled the foundation stone for the Nyibu-Naam (Priest house).
Addressing the gathering, Karbak called on the community “to preserve culture and traditions as those things define our existence and are the most precious things left to us by our forefathers.” A comic book was also launched by Techi Kaso called as the story of HIMBIN TECHI & EICH PINCH on the occasion.

Home Minister Tanga Byaling and Deputy Municipal Councilor Kipa Babu joined the occasion as special guests.
The festival ground brightened up with the entire community dressed in traditional red attire. The guests and visitors had the opportunity to witness various flavours of the tribe and take in the true essence of the festival.
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