Festivals in Nagaland

Nagaland known as the land of ‘Naga’ people is also the land of festivals with one festival followed by another round the year. In order to facilitate tourists to have a glimpse of all the Naga festivals at one time and one place, the Government of Nagaland has evolved a festival called Hornbill Festival, which is celebrated at Kohima, the capital town of Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival celebrated between 1st & 5th of December every year. The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is aimed at reviving, protecting and sustaining richness of the Naga heritage and traditions. This is done through cultural extravaganza worth experiencing.

The state of Nagaland still supports a tribal culture and here at the Hornbill Festival, in the state capital Kohima, this is celebrated with a series of performances and demonstrations. The Festival is named after the hornbill, a globally respected bird that shows up in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes. This one week long festival unite all of the Nagaland, in one giant colour-splashed hodgepodge of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies. The festival both exposes the culture and tradition of tribal people and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as an unique state in India’s federal union.

The various Tribes have their own festivals – listed here are the most important ones.

Sekrenyie is a 10-day festival held at the end of February. The Angami Nagas celebrate this festival to invoke the gods to bring them good fortune and it involves feasting and dancing.

Tuluni is celebrated by the Sumi Nagas from the 8th of July. It is a harvest festival and carries on for 5 days with feasts, dances and prayers. Tuluni Festival the most is important festival of the Sumi Nagas in Nagaland. Tuluni Festival in Nagaland is celebrated during the second week of July, a season of bounty in Nagaland. Tuluni is marked with feasts as the occasion occurs in the fruitful season of the year. This festival is celebrated with great pomp by the Sumi tribe of Nagaland.

Tsungrem Mong is also a harvest festival. It is celebrated by the Ao Nagas in August. A demonstration of skill in sports and physical prowess is included in the festivities.

Tokhu Emong held on the 7th November is the Lotha Naga harvest festival that is celebrated with singing and dancing

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