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Moatsu Festival

Ao Nagas Warriors. Copyright Nagaland Tourism.

May 2009 (annual)
Members of the Aos Naga tribe of the Mokokchung District of Nagaland in India (once fearsome headhunters) celebrate the end of their planting season with the Moatsu Festival, held in the village of Chuchuyimlang.
The highlight of the festivities is Sangpangtu, during which a big fire is lit and the villagers dance and sing while food and drink are served. There is fierce competition throughout the year to make the best wine (from rice) and to rear the fattest animals for consumption. During the festivities you'll also see the beautiful black and red hand-woven shawl that the tribal warriors used to wear, with white, decorated bands signifying their prowess over their enemies.
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