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The festivals of Nagaland are mostly directly related to the agricultural calendar. Topics are often the strenghtening of the bonds in the community, or the honoring and summoning of the fertility of Mother Earth. Typical of a festival day in Nagaland is a recurring program sequence, often with group singing and dancing with the participation of the entire village population. Each tribe has in this its individualized traditions, which are expressed at festivals in the form of its own folk songs, dances, traditional sports, special food and beverages.
In the enormous wealth of songs and dances of the Nagas, often the topic is worship of the head hunter and warrior. Additionally also heroic tales, fertility and the praise of ones own group, its beauty, force, courage and strength. In many forms of dance it is about unity and togetherness, where the dancers prove their interdependence, for example through their position by collective balance and equilibrium formations. Often the goal of these representations is the communication of eternity and unity with nature. In Nagaland one dances and sings for all occasions.
The most important festivals of the different tribes:
|Name of the tribe||District||Main festival||Date|
|Kachari||Dimapur||Bushu||End of January|
|Chakhesang||Phek||Thsukhenyie/Sukrenvu||May 6th / January 15th|
|Lotha||Wokha||Tokhu Emong||November 7th|
|All 16 tribes||Kohima||Hornbill-festival||December 1st – 7th|