The Northeastern state of Nagaland is a vibrant hilly local that is sheltered by Myanmar in the East; Assam in the West; Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in the North with Manipur in the south. The state is a home for many tribal communities. Nagaland is rich in traditions and cultural heritage.

Moatsu Festival

One of the tribal communities, the "Ao" tribe celebrates Moatsu Festival in the first week of May, every year.

Various rituals are performed during this period. Moatsü Mong is observed after the sowing is done. It allows recreation and entertainment to flex the muscles after the week-long stressful work of harvesting, plowing, and sowing seeds, cleaning up the Tsubu (Wells), and repairing or constructing houses by elders of the Putu Menden. The environment becomes vibrant and lively during the Moatsu festival with peppy songs and dances on the pulsating music of the tribal men and women.

The joy and fun of the festival continue for a full three days. The ritual called Sangpangtu in which the campfire is lit and the well-dressed folks sitting around it are served wine and meat forms an intricate part of the festival. A virtuous man who claims to have been directed by the Almighty to forecast about good and bad days of natives and village.

The best rice-beer is prepared and the best breed of pigs and cows are slaughtered for the feast during the festival. The women folk and men folk enjoy the festivity by participating in eating, dancing, drinking, and singing songs in praise of fighters and love with gusto.

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Forthcoming Festivals