The Aoling Festival of the Konyak Tribe

04 Apr

Aoling festival, Mon

The Aoling Festival is celebrated Far away from the hustle and bustle of mainland India in Mon district of Nagaland which is the home of the Konyaks tribes and it is interesting to see tattooed faces wearing feathers.The Aoling Festival is a 6 day festival held annually. Every day has its own significance, Hoi Lah Nyih is the first day of the festival and this day is spend in collecting firewood and vegetable items,weaving new traditional cloths and ornaments for the family members and preparing rice beer. chickens are sacrificed and the future is predicted by the shape of the intestine. Yin Mok Pho Nyih and Mok Shek Nyih are celebrated in the next two days and are spent in training the Youth tribal boys and searching and gathering of domestic animals which will be killed in the festival.


The most vital and spirited day of the festival is fourth day, Lingnyu Nyih. People of the Konyak Tribe wear their charming colourful ancient dresses and ornaments. The complete day is spent celebrating through lovely dances, singing, drinking, community feasts and endless festivity. The traditional headhunting ritual of the Konyak Tribe is also reenacted throughout this present day, Konyak men begin performing arts from the village gate, shoot their guns in the air and seem to carry their enemy’s head in their hands as a show of success.


Lingha Nyih and Lingshan Nyih, respectively are the 5th and 6th days of the festival which are spent meeting each other’s families and relatives, and also remembering the loved ones who have passed away. You experience unique culture and will be happy to see their simple ways of living life and will get lot of time to communicate with the locals.


Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Events In India


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6 responses to “The Aoling Festival of the Konyak Tribe

  1. mariettagawdzik

    April 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I would like to come one day. What a interesting festival!

    • EaseYourTravel

      April 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Its really interesting festival and when ever you plan a trip for such kind of festival do let us know Ease Your Travel will be happy to serve you 🙂

  2. Nikhil Chandra

    April 5, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Would love to witness it one day

    • EaseYourTravel

      April 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Sure Nikhil you will be there if not this time , but sure next time 🙂 and there are plenty more festival and events to follow do check out more 🙂

  3. janeanddavid

    April 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful photos!


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