Origin of Naknyulem Festival
The originality and theme of the festival are closely shaped and inspired by the history of Nagaland. It was originally a religious ceremony to celebrate their deliverance from darkness. As so, it stands today un-wavered as ever as a ceremony that applauds victory of good over evil. It is a symbolic tribute that exercises customary beliefs with regards to their history. During this festival, people offer prayers and invoke Gods blessings with special rituals.
Legend of Naknyulem Festival
According to the Chang mythology, in ancient times, the world was engulfed by darkness for six consecutive days and nights. People were confined in their own homes as the darkness spread all over them. They burnt everything they had to suffice themselves with light to help in their resolve against darkness. But eventually they ran out of material fuel to keep the fire alight and so they burned the horns of cows, buffaloes and other animals that were hung outside their houses. After the 6th day, a man named Namo Molo killed a tiger that had been obstructing the light. Despite the engulfing darkness Namo Molo, dauntingly shot down the beast with his bow and arrow. And in that moment, the void filled darkness burst into daylight.
Celebration of Naknyulem Festival
Naknyulem Festival is celebrated every 11th month of Chang calendar which is at the end of July.
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