Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015


Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015. The "Chang" Nagas are from Tuensang district of Nagaland, a state in the North Easter part of India.

Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015

The packets hung are cooked meet wrapped in leaves which the participants have to grab with their mouth without using hands.

Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015

Women serving Naga rice beer to the men folk in Mithun horns while some men spin traditional wooden tops.
Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015


Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015

Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015

Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015

Chang Nagas playing games in traditional costumes at Nagaland Hornbill Festival 2015

Women serving Naga rice beer to the men folk in Mithun horns

About Hornbill Festival Nagaland:
Nagaland is a hilly state in the North East of India and is home to several tribes (Officially 16 recognized tribes). Each tribe have their own distinct festivals. Most of these festival are argiculture and harvest related as most Nagas depend on argiculture.

Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival is held every year in the first week of December, which was lately extended to 10 days starting from 1st December. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 Km from Kohima where each Naga tribe have their "Morungs" (traditional huts) setup where visitors witness mélange of cultural displays all 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.

Festival highlights include the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition, folk dances, folk songs, traditional practices demonstrations, sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls,  Flower shows and sales, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Hornbill International Rock concert. During the festival, Night Carnivals are organized in several places around Kohima and Dimapur where people can enjoy street food, outing with kids, and shop.


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