'Ahuna', a post harvest festival celebrated in Nagaland
To foster the spirit of unity, oneness and togetherness among the people, the sumi tribe of Nagaland recently celebrated 'Ahuna', a post harvest festival in Dimapur with great enthusiasm.
Dressed in their traditional attire, the folk artists of sumi tribe enthralled the large crowd that had gathered to celebrate the "Ahuna festival".
The major attraction of the festival was a procession of "Mithun", an animal that signifies social and economic prosperity among sumi community. A demonstration was provided for the spectators on how to cook freshly harvested rice in bamboo.
"Through this festival we want to promote our old-age traditions and culture. We hope the youngsters to learn and follow our culture in the future. Our main focus is to bring us togetherness, oneness, and I think we have achieved a lot with this festival," said Dr Hokito, a resident.
"Every Naga tribe has its own culture identify so through this festival we can promote and preserve our culture. Such festivals will definitely promote bring unity and diversity," added Pushika another resident.
Nagaland has about 40 small and big tribes that have their own unique culture and traditions. Some of the popular festivals in the region are Moatsu, Sekrenyi and Tsungrem Mong.