Celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm, Dree is a harvest festival observed annually on July 5, by the Apatani community in Arunachal Pradesh.
The villagers don their traditional outfits and celebrate the festival with utmost gaiety. Besides, the major highlights of the celebration include – the inauguration of the festival by a chief guest, hoisting of the Dree flag, rituals and presentation of cultural activities.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu extended his best wishes to the Apatani Community on the auspicious occasion of ‘Dree’. Chief Minister expressed his best greetings to the community, hoping for a bountiful harvest and a prosperous year ahead.
Taking to Twitter, the CM wrote “Dear Apatani brothers & sisters ~ Joyous greetings on DreeFestival & prayers to Almighty for a bountiful harvest and prosperous year ahead. Your celebrations make us proud of our vibrant cultural mosaic and reinforce our bonding of love & peace. (sic)”
The word ‘Dree’ is derived from ‘Diiri’, which means purchasing or borrowing food items when in scarcity or adding to the existing stock in anticipation of lean days. In other words, Dree is named after Diiri Piilo, a month in the Apatani calendar.