26 major and over 100 sub-tribes, each with its distinct tradition and customs co-exist harmoniously in Arunachal Pradesh. The major tribes are Adi, Galo, Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagins, Bori, and Bokar. The sun and the moon are their predominant deities and they follow the Donyi-Polo religion which literally means sun and moon..
Other tribes like Monpas, Sherdukpens, Khamptis and Singphos are followers of Mahayana and Hinayana forms of Buddhism. In addition, there are also tribes like Mishmis, Noctes and Wanchos who follow their own traditional beliefs and indigenous practices of worship, which is animistic in nature.
Being a distinctly tribal state, festivals are an essential and integral part of the social-cultural life of the people and a majority of these festivals are themed on agriculture. People celebrate festivals with ritualistic gaiety as a mark of thanksgiving to the Almighty or to pray for a bumper harvest. The colourful festivals also showcase the artistry and skills of people particularly in music and dance.
People in Arunachal Pradesh lead an exotic way of life. If you are interested in studying different people and tribes and their culture, Arunachal Pradesh is the right destination for you.