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Moatsu Festival, Nagaland
Moatsu Festival is celebrated in Nagaland by the Ao tribe. It is observed in the first week of May every year.
 Moatsu Festival, NagalandThe Ao Naga tribe observe Moatsu Mong after sowing the seeds. The main aim is to seek the blessings of Almighty after completing the various activities that include harvesting of old and new Jhum Kheti, Cleaning of the Tsubu or Water Wells, Marriages in spring season, repair and construction of houses by the elders of the Village Council.

People celebrate the Moatsu festival by performing songs and dances. The festival is observed for three days. Sangpangtu is a symbolic celebration that is observed during the festival. A bonfire is lit and men and women sit around it. Ao tribal men and women dress themselves in their best traditional attire and the womenfolk of the community serve the wine and meat.

Every man is required to wear a new belt, for hanging his dao. While married men receive this from their wives, the bachelors are presented the belts from their girl friends. This is an occasion, when restrictions relating to dress and ornaments are relaxed. Prior to the festival, the morung or the traditional communal house had to be repaired and the dancing drums were also put to order.

On the first day of the festival, the boys of the younger age-groups go to the jungle and collect six bundles of paired bamboo strips each, which in turn are handed over to the morung elders.

On the second day, all the male members engage in clearing the village. That night, the cows and pigs are slaughtered for the festival.

On the third day the meat is distributed among the boys of the morung. Some portion is kept in order to be given as presents. The boys eat the meat outside the morung, the elders come into the morung and are entertained with meat and rice-beer.

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(Last Updated on : 11/11/2011)
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