(Last Updated on : 20/12/2019)
Metemneo Festival is a famous festival in Nagaland
which is related to the agriculture
. This auspicious festival
is of the Yimchunger Nagas of Nagaland
. The Yimchungers celebrate the Metemneo festival after the millet
crop is harvested. But the festival is also connected with praying the souls
of the departed. People believe that the Metemneo Festival brings the opportunity to forgive each others reconciliation of past differences. This Metemneo Festival is considered to be very auspicious for marriages
and engagements and thus the tribal people
execute the wedding
during the festive season. With its strong agricultural base, its not surprising that agricultural implements are worshipped.
Celebration of Metemneo Festival
Metemneo Festival is celebrated in the Month of August after the harvest of millet crop
. The Metemneo festival lasts for 5 days. Throughout the duration of the festival more than 30 cultural troupes, dressed in their traditional attire, perform traditional dances
and sing folk songs that showcase their cultural heritage. People drink, dance and rejoice together as a community
All five days of the festival have certain specific names.
The first day of Metemneo is known as Shito. On this day people gather in groups and partake in the cleaning of their homes and environment. They start with the cleaning of streets and roads.
On the second day, known as Zhihto, people are engaged in repairing their homes and broken roads.
On the third day the restoration of roads of the village and inter villages is brought under attention.
The fourth day is known as Zhumto by the Yimchunger people. They clean ponds, lakes, rivers and other water bodies.
The fifth day is known as Kheresuk. On this day people finally take a break from all the hard work and invest their days time in merrymaking and feasting.
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