Cultural festivals organized in Nagaland to preserve tribal art and culture
Dressed up in their traditional costumes, these are members of the Ao tribe of Nagaland.
Every year, they gather in Dimapur city to celebrate Tsungmerong, a pre-harvest festival, to express gratitude and seek blessings of the Almighty.
They sang traditional songs and showcased their daily chores through an act.
"We hope that this festival will definitely open a new horizon of hope not only for Ao community but for the whole Naga people," said S.C Jamir, Odisha Governor and former Chief Minister of Nagaland.
The festival gives the message of unity and brotherhood in the state.
Various cultural groups from different tribes such as Semma, Angami and Chakesang also took part in the festival.
A major attraction of the event was a chicken dance performance by the artists.
"I call on the youth of this generation to embrace the value of traditional that our forefather has passed on. It is our responsibility and duty to ensure in safeguard and continuity," said Kuzholuzo Neinu, Nagaland's PWD minister.
(Posted on 09-08-2014)