Festivals are joyous celebrations and stay closer to the heart. But the festivals of Nagaland are much more than joyous celebrations; they are ways to connect to mother nature, imbibe social and community bonding, cleanse the soul, and rejuvenate life.
The festivals of Nagaland are lively, colorful, and profound. And each of the Naga tribes has their own festival which they celebrate with great pomp and sanctity. The festivals revolve around the agricultural cycle, and many of them are connected to spring, sowing seeds, first crop, harvest, sanctification, end of the year and so on. These festivals are occasions of great significance celebrated with fervor and gaiety. It is a time of sharing and giving and gifts like meat and other items are exchanged during these festivals. It is also a time when new relationships are formed and old ones are renewed and re-bonding with one’s kith and kin. The age-old values, such as generosity, hospitality, valor, bravery, camaraderie, and loyalty are passed down through these festivals. Even today, each tribe celebrates its tribal festivals with gay abandon and dances still form a vital part of all the festivals of Nagaland.
The biggest festival, Hornbill Festival takes place in the month of December. It is a week long celebration starting from December 1-7 where all the Naga tribes come together to showcase their traditional and cultural plight under one roof in the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. But over the years, Hornbill Festival has become a conglomeration of cultural troupes from all over the world and not just the cultural and traditional festivities of Nagaland. The festivals of Nagaland are spread throughout the year that whatever time you visit Nagaland you can always get a scintillating experience of the cultural extravaganza of the colorful festivals of Nagaland.
Major festivals of Nagaland
Sekrenyi is the main festival of Angami Nagas. It is mainly celebrated in Kohima on February 25.
Ngada is the main festival of the Rengma Nagas. It is mainly celebrated in Kohima on November 27.
Mileinyi is the main festival of the Zeliang Nagas. It is mainly celebrated in the district of Peren on March 11.
Tsukhenyie and Sukhrenyu
Tsukhenyie and Sukhrenyu are the main festivals of the Chakhesang Nagas. Tsukhenyie is celebrated on May 6. Sukhrenyu is celebrated on January 15. They are mainly celebrated in Phek district of Nagaland.
Yemshe is the main festival of the Pochury Nagas. It is mainly celebrated in Phek district on October 5.
Nkanyulem is the main festival of the Chang Nagas. It is celebrated on July 13 in Tuensang district.
Moatsu is the main festival of Ao Nagas and celebrated mainly in Mokokchung district. It is celebrated on May 2.
Aoling is the main festival of Konyak Nagas and celebrated in Mon district on April 13.
Monyu is the main festival of the Phom Nagas and celebrated in Longleng district on April 1.
Miu is the main festival of the Khiamniungam Nagas. It is celebrated on May 5 in Tuensang district.
Metumniu is the main festival of the Yimchungrü Nagas. It is celebrated mainly in Tuensang & Kiphire on August 8.
Mongmong is the main festival of Sangtam Nagas and celebrated mainly in Tuensang and Kiphire on September 3.
Tokhu Emong is the main festival of the Lotha Nagas and celebrated mainly in Wokha on November 7.
Tuluni is the main festival of the Sumi Nagas. It is celebrated on July 8 in Zunheboto.