Naga Traditional New Year Festival - Myanmar Explorers

Naga Traditional New Year Festival

Naga Traditional New Year Festival

Numerous Naga tribes spread throughout the north-western hills of Myanmar. Most of the Naga are from the Chin State. But the festival place falls in the Sagaing Division, next to the Chin State. The places where the Naga inhabit are Khamti, Lashe, Lahel, and Nanyun in the Sagaing Division.

There are 64 clans of the Naga tribe.
The government had been rendering necessary help for the celebration since 1993. Since 1997, government leaders had been gracing the occasion by attending and presenting gifts.

Naga Traditional New Year Festival had been celebrated at the Grounds in a grand scale. On 14th January, the New Year Festival pole is set up and all Naga people gathered at the opening ceremony. On 15th, hundreds of tourists and about ten thousand people attended the occasion and gifts were exchanged. Then, Naga traditional music and dance were performed and all present were served with Naga traditional food and rice wine. On the eve of the festival, a bonfire was set and all joined the occasion. After good harvest and before the next year’s work, a feast is held annually. That moment is very significant for Naga people where they can share their experience in farming and they can discuss their work for the coming new year. The meaning of their songs and dances at the festival is anticipatory of good health, wealth, happiness, good climate and good crops for the coming new year. This year, there are 29 dance groups from all the Townships. Their costumes are decorated with hornbill’s feathers and plumes, elephant tusks, tigers, bears and boar’s canines and paws, buffalos horns, shell, horse and goat’s tails, Moreover they wear silver and bronze beads, bangles, bracelets, pendants and eardrops. One more interesting thing is every Naga man wear special palm leaf on each of their feet during the festival. Most of their costumes are red, black, green and white-meaning their courage and dexterity.

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Naga traditional New Year Festival has become an occasion for friendship and amity, which will bring regional development. It also energizes the Naga nationals for their tasks of the New Year. This Naga Traditional New Year Festival is cherished and preserved and it is an unforgettable experience for every visitor. We invite you all to join the auspicious occasions at your convenience.
To visit this festival, one has to travel from Yangon to Homemalin by air. Then from Homemalin to Htamanthi by cruise up the Chindwin River. After arriving Htamanthi, travel to Lashe by car again. It takes about 2 days on the way to the festival.

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