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This is an important festival of the Khasi, held at Weiking. This thanks-giving dance is staged in April. This dance is popularly known as Shad Weiking. Itís a three-day long festival. On the first day, men folk dancers gather at Seng Khasi Hall together in a procession walks to Weiking accompanied by drums and flutes which is known as Shad Nohkjat. In the evening the dancers returned back to Seng Khasi Hall, located at Mawkhar, to resume dancing outside the hall. The third day is a biggest day, dancers flocked the ground, and bejeweled maidens attired in traditional finery and silver clad men folk in colorful costumes dances merrily to the beating of drums and accompaniment of flutes. People costume the ground in their traditional dresses. Men folk dancers go back from the ground in procession along with drummers and flutists and resume dancing display outside the hall during the festival.

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