Ngada festival

The Rengmas commemorate the Ngada festival for eight days just after the harvest. It is the festival of thanksgiving and rejoicing. The Ngada festival is an agricultural oriented celebration. It marks an end to the harvest season of the year. The festival is overseen as a time for the people to rejoice, dance, sing, celebrate, feast and forgive. The celebrations last for seven to eight days, vary....
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  1. The first day of the festival is spent in the preparation of rice beer at every house hold.
  2. On the second day the Rengma Naga people tread into forest to pick and collect banana leaves.
  3. The third day is marked by women visiting the graves of the deceased and placing rice beer wrapped in banana leaves. The humble offerings made to the dead souls are considered symbolic. It is also on this consecutive day that the dead visit their homes. The tasting of the rice beer is preceded on by eldest person of the house before the rest.
  4. On this day men visit the graves of their dead relatives. Also, they gather outside their morungs and have a small feast in which the women do not partake. Later during the day, men strut around village donning their ceremonial and warrior fineries where to women follow them carrying beer to keep them hydrated.
  5. This day is carried out with men visiting all houses in the village along with music and folk dance, each house offers a token of appreciation to the men.
  6. The sixth day of the festival is spent feasting and visiting houses in other villages.
  7. All people venture out to the forest to collect firewood, banana leaves and vegetables for the feast.
  8. On the last and the eight day a huge feast is organized and the entire village comes together to celebrate. It is believed that after the grand feast end the dead souls return to the land of dead. The festival is concluded with three rites: The first rite consolidates an agreement with fire in order to prevent fire accidents, the second rights amends relations with rats to avoid the destruction of crops, the third rite is marked by the expulsion of evil spirits.

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Tourism Nagaland
Tourism Nagaland
Opp indoor stadium, Kohima Nagaland

How to reach

The nearest airport is Dimapur, which is 101 KMs away.
The nearest convenient railway station is Dimapur, which is 104 KMs away.
The nearest major city is Kohima, which is 48KMs away.
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Event Details
Venue Address
Tseminyu village
Date Time

27 Nov 2022 - 28 Nov 2022

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM




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