List of Festivals of Nagaland

Nagaland is known as the ‘Land of Festivals‘ and rightly so, since there are festivals all throughout the year. Each Naga tribe has their own unique and indigenous festivals. The occupation of the Nagas is mainly agricultural. The festivals of Naga tribes are mostly based on their simple ways of life,  thanksgiving for the blessings of nature and merry-making.

There are 17  recognized Naga tribes in Nagaland. Besides there are other tribes recognized by the Government of Nagaland. List of festivals of Nagaland are given in the table below.

List of Festivals of Nagaland

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ThuniChakhesang5JanuaryPost-harvest festival
Poang LümChang13JanuaryPremier festival of the Chang Nagas
SükrünyeChakhesang15JanuaryMain Festival of Chakhesang Tribe. Boys and girls are sanctified through religious ceremonies and rituals.
MimkutKuki17JanuaryPost harvest festival of Kukis
Khaozaosie-Hok-AhKhiamniungan20JanuaryMarks the end of all agricultural activities for the year, a time to rest and give thanks to god.
BishuKachari27JanuaryPost harvest festival
SekrenyiAngami25February 'sekre' meaning "sanctification" and 'thenyi' meaning "festival." "a "purification festival".
HegaZeliang10 to 15FebruaryBiggest Festival of Zeliang Tribe. A festival invoking the Almighty's blessings
NazuPochuryFebruaryCelebrated for ten days in the month of February, just before sowing begins.
Holong MonglashiPhom3April
Aoleang MonyuKonyak1 to 2AprilPost sowing festival - to welcome new season and invoke divine blessings.
Phom MonyuPhom1 to 2AprilBiggest festival of Phom Naga. Post sowing festival to invoke divine blessings
MoatsuAo2MayPost sowing festival -
Te-l KhukhuAngami13July
TsungrenmongAo1 to 2AugustTsungremmong-The eve of harvest - seek blessing of God for good harvest.
Lao-Ong MoKonyak28September
TsokumKhiamniungan5Octoberfestival of dedication to commence the harvest
Chaga Gadi/LangsimnyiZeliang31October
Chavang KutKuki1November
Tokhu EmongLotha06 to 07NovemberPost-harvest festival of Lotha Tribe.
AhunaSumi14 to 15NovemberPost harvest festival of Sumi Tribe.
NgadaRengma27 to 28NovemberThe harvest festival of the Rengma tribe.
ApikimtiSumi4 to 5November

Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival is not a festival of a particular Naga tribe. However, being a popular festival in Nagaland, it is included here.

Hornbill Festival is organized by Nagaland State Government. It started in the year 2000 and is now held every year from 1st December. The Hornbill Festival is normally celebrated for 10 days starting from 1st December. It is a festival where all Naga tribes partake and where visitors can witness mélange of cultural displays from all Naga tribes under one roof, an opportunity to experience the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.