We have witnessed many states and Union Territories of India in this series. Now, let us explore another hidden gem of India, the state of Nagaland. The state is inhabited by 16 tribes — Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yimchunger, and Zeme-Liangmai (Zeliang), Dimasa Kachari, Kuki.
Songs and Dances
Folk tales and songs talk about romance and historical events. War dances are also performed by the men which involve martial art movements. The tribes also practiced head-hunting as war trophies. The dance involves drums, bamboo flutes and mouth organ.
Festivals of Nagaland
With a state as culture rich as Nagaland, the festivals are in abundance. Tourism department organizes a Hornbill festival in December showcasing culture and heritage of the Naga tribes. Few of the other festivals celebrated by different tribal groups are Suhkruhnye, Yemshe, Sekrenyi, Moatsu Mong, Bushu.
Art & Craft
Metal jewellery in form of anklets, bangles and necklaces are made by woman. Bright colored shawls, bags, table mats are made with intricate designs by weaving & knitting. Handicrafts made of Bamboo are also famous as souvenirs.
Nagaland has rich flora and fauna and is home to indigenous birds, hence it is called as ‘Falcon Capital of the World’. Interestingly, it is also the most Baptist State in the World. And, who can forget the chilliest Chilli, Ghost Pepper or Bhut Jolokia as the natives call it.
Have you attended Hornbill festival? How was the experience? What other aspects of Nagaland have left you amazed? Do share your thoughts in the comment section. Would love to hear from you! 🙂
This post is part of Indian Culture Diary written for #AtoZChallenge. Keep visiting us back for more posts on exploring Indian Culture.
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