Festivals are events celebrated by a community and pivoting on the characteristic aspect of that community, it’s religion, culture and language. Other than faith and folklore, a significant origin in agriculture. Food is such an indispensable asset that there are many festivals revolving around the harvest time.
Festivals bring about a sense of belonging for religious, social, or geographical groups, contributing to group cohesiveness. India, a country where people every few miles are distinguished based on their cultures, traditions, and language, experiences a huge number of festivals.
While some festivals are very famous and are celebrated, some of them go unrecognized as they are celebrated only by a small group. One such festival is the Tsukhenyie festival of Nagaland by the Chakhesang Tribe in the Phek district.
The festival which was celebrated in the last week of March, precisely the third lunar month is being celebrated on the 6th of March now. This colorful and joyful festival marks the opening of the sowing season and rejoice a successful harvest.
Though there is no record of the beginning of this festival, it is seen that the Naga people or the Chakhesangs, who are the major tribal residents of Nagaland settled before the arrival of the Ahoms in 1228 AD.
This absorbing festival goes on for four days with various rituals and ceremonies on specific days and pays respect to the Chakhesang traditions and culture. Before the start of a hectic sowing season, people take time to unite, relax, enjoy and give a mesmerizing experience to the visitors.