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Tribals in Nagaland celebrate traditional harvest festival


Tribals in Nagaland celebrate traditional harvest festival

Dimapur, Sep 06 (ANI): A minority tribal community in Nagaland celebrated traditional Mongmong festival praying for a rich harvest. The Sangtams are a Naga tribe concentrated in twin districts of Kiphire and Tuensang in Nagaland.

Like many tribal groups in northeast India, the Sangtams practice "jhum" or shifting cultivation. The Sangtams celebrate the Mongmong festival to please their god to receive blessings of good health and harvest.

On the occasion, they also worship three cooking stones in the fire place. Different rituals are conducted during the six-day festival, which also includes animal sacrifices.

The number six is held very important by Sangtams as they christen new born baby boy on the sixth day of his birth. They also mourn for six days after the death of a family member.

The festival was attended by many dignitaries and saw traditional display of songs, dances and games.

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