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 Tsungremmong Festival
About Tsungremmong Festival

After Moatsu-The spring festival, the Ao Nagas celebrate another festival called Tsungremmong-The eve of harvest during the time of the forefathers, this festival was held for six days, marking the end of rigorous plantation besides nursing the paddy fields followed by sacrificial offerings.

In some village as per the Ao customary law, before the Tsungremmong festival a event of change of putumenden or a change of powers or transfer of powers from one generation to another takes place in the beginning of the village new year chosen by respective tribes. In connection to the Tsungremmong festival during the occasion the new Tatars carry meat curry for all persons busy in path making works. The leading man among them proclaims that there is the meat curry to mark the appointment of the incumbents to the house of the next putumenden. Ceremonies differ in every Ao village. Today the old custom is abundantly modified in the changing situation.

‘Tsungremmung’ festival is not just a festival but a source of building unity,’ The highlights of the day-long celebration among others were folk dances presented by Longra and Chari, and Amok Lushi cultural club Chuchuyimpang and folk songs presented by the Watsu unit of Chuchuyimpang.Prior to the start of the festival, every village declares the Süngküm (village gate) closed and free entry or exit is restricted and regulated for those who do not belong to that particular village.

Customs and Traditions

During the festival, wearing their colorful customs both the young and the old sing songs and perform dances to express their appreciation to the supreme power for helping the crops to grow well, while they also give the best offerings for abundant blessings. This gives an opportunity to the youngsters to reveal their intellectual skill and physical ability. A handful of young men hold the stage and tell amusing stories about the elders while greeting them by jumping in enthusiasm. The festival is usually rounded off by a tug-of-war between men and women. It is now commonplace for the men to deliberately lose to please the women. In keeping with the spirit of the festival, no one disproves the argument that the men lose the tussle since they are fascinated by the sweet songs of the women and regaled by their very presence. The only defence offered is that the men have to pull the rope uphill and the women downhill. It is a treat to watch and an honour to take part in the festivities.

Today in history, the past days are counted as the ‘Golden Age’ for it is a memory kept alive in old folk tales. They are repeated over and over again in different interpretations. A short passage of the tsungremmong festival that exists in some books is scribbled down.

Performance of Tsungremmong Festival

During the forefathers time, the Tsungremmong ceremony is performed in all the Ao village which is a yearly celebration to honor of all Tsungrem (God) in general. It takes place in august. The first day a pig is sacrificed outside the oldest hut and a piece of meat is given to the house at each end of the main village street.

This is a present for Lijaba- The supreme being (mentioned in almost all the Ao tales), distributed in this way he is bound to find it ready for him from whichever directions he enters the village. The rest of the pig is eaten by the elders. On the evening of this day every family makes a free offering at the hearth and for that night the man and his wife must abstain from intercourse. The next day is very strict. No one may leave the village and even rice may not be husked. Men and boys spin tops and women and girls play games with sword bean seeds. In the evening the bucks visits the girls’ dormitories and the house of young widows and divorcees.

The women are bound to supply their visitors with drinks. If they decline the men may carry off the doors and all the firewood’s there is in the house. The next day is spent in the same way, but is less strict and people may leave the village to gather jungle leaves and so on. While on the third day all go and take bathe. There is no visiting of girls house that night, for the god are abroad and so all go to bed early and avoid walking about.(the passage ends there-The Ao Nagas)

Just like in the Moatsu festival, all celebrations are identical. Only the offering and some rituals are apart but with times changing only few are hardly taken and observed in one particular day.

It is sad to see that Nagaland being the land of festivals is not given much significance also ignoring the rich heritage while other countries are taking great interest to our tradition and culture of our folk songs and folk stories.


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