Top 5 Festivals of Nagaland-By Rohit Agarwal

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Also, famous as the land of Festivals, Nagaland celebrates a lot of festivals mainly associated with agriculture. There are many tribes in Nagaland who worship the deities, sing songs and dance as a way to enjoy these festivals. Around 60% of the people of Nagaland(http://www.transindiatravels.com/nagaland/tourist-places-to-visit-in-nagaland/) are involved in Agriculture, so it is considered important for them to be a part of these festivals and celebrate them with utter delight. Here are the top 5 Festivals of Nagaland.

1. Hornbill
One of the biggest festivals of Nagaland, Hornbill, is a colourful fiesta. It is celebrated every year in the first week of December in the capital of Nagaland, Kohima(http://www.transindiatravels.com/nagaland/kohima/tourist-places-to-visit-in-kohima/). Tourists can understand the culture of Nagaland closely by witnessing the traditions, customs, folk songs and food. It is a fun-filled festival with exhibition of food, art, fashion shows and medicines on the offer. Various sports like wrestling and archery are also played during this festival. Many local as well as international rock bands perform during this festival. Nagaland is a state with a different culture and tradition, and this festival offers good exposure to the people of other states who want to understand the customs of Nagaland.

2. Sekrenyi
Also, known as Phousanyi, the Sekrenyi festival is celebrated by the Angami Nagas from the 25th day of the Angami calender. As a way to repent for the sins, this festival is observed as a ‘sanctification’ festival. The main aim of celebrating this festival is to purify the body and soul. It also marks the coming of age of the Angami Nagas. It is a 10-days festival in which a different ritual is followed each day. Palatable feast is on the offer while people gather to sing, dance and make merry. It marks the beginning of their New Year.

3. Tuluni
The festival of Tuluni is celebrated by the Sumi Naga Tribe. It is celebrated in the most abundant season of the year which is usually the second week of July. People gather to pray to the deity of Litsaba who is responsible for the fruitfulness of the crops. Prayers are made for the protection of the crops. This festival is also significant for the young couples. They exchange gifts and engaged couples often visit each other’s house. Many people choose to marry during this festival. Folk songs and dances are performed to enjoy the festival and delectable feast is offered.

4. Nazu
Nazu is celebrated in February in the Phek district of Nagaland. The Pochuri tribe celebrates this fun-filled festival before the sowing of the seeds. Folk songs and dances are performed by the people, as they indulge in sheer entertainment. This festival is observed for 10 days. An infamous form of dance called Khupielilie is performed by the tribesmen. This festival is not packed with a lot of rituals and is really easy-going, as the main focus of the festival is to have fun. The dances and songs make it a really captivating festival for even the outsiders due to the melodious beats and coordinated dances.

5. Yemshe
The cultural festival of Yemshe is celebrated with great joy in the first week of October every year. This festival is significant to the Pochuri tribe. Every member of the tribe prays for a fruitful harvest. Once the village spokesman declares the date of the festival, lots of arrangements are made by the people for celebrating this festival. Every corner of the village is cleaned and then rituals of the festival are performed. It is also considered auspicious to get married during this festival. People indulge in a grand feast and drink wine while continuing to enjoy the festival with fun and frolic.

It’s always an enlightening experience to encounter the festivals and traditions of a different state. Nagaland is a beautiful state, but it is not explored by the tourists much. If you want to witness the vast variety of cultures and traditions being followed in our country, then you must visit Nagaland and become a part of these exuberant festivals.

Author Bio:
Rohit is an ardent traveller and a hippie by heart. He enjoys venturing into unexplored territories and writing about his experiences. He writes for Trans India Travels(http://www.transindiatravels.com/)
This is the first ever guest artical on festivalsandmore and I definitely would like to have more.

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