List of Festivals of Nagaland

Nagaland is known as the ‘Land of Festivals and rightly so, since there are festivals all throughout the year. There are 17  recognized tribes in Nagaland and each 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 agricultural ways of life,  thanksgiving for the blessings of nature and merry-making.

List of festivals of Nagaland are given in the table below.

List of Festivals of Nagaland

You can sort by tribe, by date etc. Scroll to the right if you cannot see all the columns.

ChakhesangThuni5JanuaryPost-harvest festival
ChangPoang Lüm13JanuaryPremier festival of the Chang Nagas
ChakhesangSükrünye15JanuaryMain Festival of Chakhesang Tribe. Boys and girls are sanctified through religious ceremonies and rituals.
KukiMimkut17JanuaryPost harvest festival of Kukis
KhiamniunganKhaozaosie-Hok-Ah20JanuaryMarks the end of all agricultural activities for the year, a time to rest and give thanks to god.
KachariBishu27JanuaryPost harvest festival
AngamiSekrenyi25February 'sekre' meaning "sanctification" and 'thenyi' meaning "festival." "a "purification festival".
ZeliangHega10 to 15FebruaryBiggest Festival of Zeliang Tribe. A festival invoking the Almighty's blessings
PochuryNazuFebruaryCelebrated for ten days in the month of February, just before sowing begins.
PhomHolong Monglashi3April
ChakhesangTsukhenye / Tsukhenie24April
KonyakAoleang Monyu1 to 3AprilPost sowing festival - to welcome new season and invoke divine blessings.
PhomPhom Monyu1 to 2AprilBiggest festival of Phom Naga. Post sowing festival to invoke divine blessings
AoMoatsu1st WeekMayPost sowing festival -
YimchungerMetemneo / Medümneo4-8August
AoTsungrenmong1 to 2AugustTsungremmong-The eve of harvest - seek blessing of God for good harvest.
KonyakLao-Ong Mo28September
KhiamniunganTsoküm1st WeekOctoberfestival of dedication to commence the harvest
ZeliangChaga Gadi/Langsimnyi 31October
KukiChavang Kut1November
LothaTokhu Emong06 to 07NovemberPost-harvest festival of Lotha Tribe.
SumiAhuna14 to 15NovemberPost harvest festival of Sumi Tribe.
RengmaNgada27 to 28NovemberThe harvest festival of the Rengma tribe.
SumiApikimti4 to 5November
TikhirTsahyok-Nyi23JanuaryWomen only

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.