Festivals form an essential aspect of Socio-Cultural life of the people of Wanchos which in fact is the mirrors of the
people’s culture. The main festival of the Wancho is Ojiyele and it is usually held in the months of March to April for a period of six to twelve days interspersed with prayer, song and dance. Villagers exchange bamboo tubes of rice beer as a mark of greeting and good will. Pig’s skin is offered to the village chief as a mark of respect.This festival carries on for several days following more rituals and it includes sowing of Jhum paddy, pigs and buffaloes. Also the customs of animal sacrifices, especially the mithuns, are being practiced by the Wancho tribe. Communal feasts too are set up in each and every morungs (dormitories).
Dancing and singing too are part and parcel of Wancho festivals. Dressed in their best traditional attires, the members of the community both young boys and girls go on singing and dancing especially during this Ojiyele festival. A long ceremonial pole, popularly known as “Jangban”, has been built during Ojiyele where all the Wancho tribes dance in great enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated right after the sowing of millet when famers pray to Animist deities, Rang and Baurang, for protecting the crop against ravages of nature and gifting them a good harvest. The tribe’s chief called Wangham or Wansa and the main priest lead all the rituals and prayer during Ojiyale.