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Naga New Year

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Photo - Phyo Hein Kyaw

Date:     From 14th January, 2018
Location:     Namyun Township, Naga Self-Administered Region, Sagaing Region
Duration:     Three Days


The Nagas are a group of tribal people inhabiting the northwestern hill tracks of Myanmar such as the Sagaing Region and the Indian state of Nagaland.

All Naga people celebrate their New Year together: a distinctive blend of unity in diversity. The festival held in January after the annual harvest is a colorful few days of singing, dancing, prayer and thanks-giving. Many Naga people have evolved not only their own unique customs and traditions but also dialects.



The opening ceremony of the New Year begins in the festival grounds early in the morning when participants enjoy traditional New Year food and rice wine with the Naga community elders. At the end of the ceremony, dance competitions by troupes from various Naga villages and sport events will start. Finally in the evening a large bonfire shall be lit and everybody takes part in dancing.

It is a tradition of the Naga people to share their joy and happiness with friends and guests at this auspicious time.

         



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