Festivals and Games of Baghmara
A huge quantity of food and rice-beer must be prepared well ahead. The capstone of the celebrations is the colorful Wangala Dance, in which the men and women participate in their best clothes. The males and females line up separately to the rhythmic beat of gongs and drums and blowing of horns by the males, both groups scuffle forward in parallel lines. It is followed by the performance of a skilled dancer who ties a large fruit to the end of a string about half a meter in length and by a skilful manipulation of his body, sets it swinging round and round behind him. This part of the dance generally wins excited applause and praise.
There are no games that are organized as such among the Garos, though this does not indicate that they have nothing to amuse themselves with. Games are played occasionally. Contests like jumping contests and other competitions involve more tests of strength. The members of the Nokpantes or Bachelors' Dormitories, which are the young males may organize themselves into groups and engage in such contests as the Wa'pong Sika, which is the Garo version of the tug-of-war. The difference here is that a stout bamboo pole replaces the rope and the contesting teams try push each other beyond a marked line instead of pulling. Relatively, the villages may turnout in strength to take part in communal fishing also.
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