The tribes of Nagaland
celebrate their festivals with gusto and fervor. More than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve round agriculture. They consider their festivals sacred and so participation in these festivals is compulsory.Nagaland is known as the land of festivals as each tribe celebrates its own festival with dedication and passion.
Some of the important festivals celebrated are: Tsukhenyie by the Chakhesangs in January, Mimkut
by the Kukis in January, Bushu by the Kacharis in January, Sekrenyi by the Angamis in February, Aoling by the Konyaks in April, Moatsu
by the Aos in May, Tuluni by the Sumis in July, Nyaknylum by the Changs in July, Tokhu Emong
by the Lothas in November and Yemshe by the Pochurys in October.
To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. In 2013, it will be held from November 27(Thursday) to December 9 (Tuesday).
Organized by the State Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland,
Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. This festival usually takes place between the first week of December in Kohima.Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima.
All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.
For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland. It must be included in your itinerary, if you are visiting Nagaland during that time to enjoy the food, song, dance and custom of Nagaland.
The Festival is named after the Hornbill, the globally respected bird and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes.
The week long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and religious ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Festival highlights include traditional Naga Morungs exhibition and sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, flower shows and sales, cultural medley-songs and dances, fashion shows, beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert.
A vibrant state on the north-eastern end of India
, Nagaland is bounded by Myanmar in the East; Assam in the West; Arunachal Pradesh and a part of Assam in the North with Manipur in the south.
It is the 16th state of the Indian Union
and was formally inaugurated on December 1st, 1963.
Folklore and music are integral parts of Nagaland’s tribal culture.
There are 16 tribes and sub tribes that live in Nagaland. Each tribe has its own distinguished costumes, jewelry and custom. Nagaland is a land of festivals and each tribe celebrates its own festival with loads of fun and gaiety. Most of the festivals revolve around agriculture as it is primarily an agrarian community. To know more about the Festivals of Nagaland, Click Here
Hornbill Festival Video