Naga New Year Festival Jan-14-15-16-17
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Tour Code: SYM-NAGA
Day (I) - Depart Yangon, Mandalay, Homalin, Htamanthi, Leshi
Take a flight from Yangon airport to homalin via Manadalay enjoy lunch and refreshments on a four hours long shuttle boat trip with breath taking views from Homalin to Htamanthi on the Chindwin River. See paranomic scenery of Naga Hills along the road from Htamanthi to Leshi on your drive through Myanmar’s North Hills.
Dinner and Night rest at “Traditional House” or tent in Leshi.
Day(II) - Take an excursion to nearby villages after breakfast. An information video feature on Naga
Htamanthi wildlife reserve is a wildlife reserve located in the region and is a sanctuary to tigers, elephants, asiatic bison, leopads, serow and bear.
The Naga tribes are expert craftmen. Each tribe has a different way of constructing their hubs. A common practice among all the tribes is decorating the entrances of their dwelling with the heads of buffaloes. The Naga people love colours this is evident in their shawls and headgear. The designs on the costumes are unique to each tribe.
Folk songs and dances are essential ingredients of the traditional Naga culture and it is through oral tradition that folk tales and songs are kept alive. Naga folk songs are both romantic and historical with songs narrating the stories of famous ancestors and incidents, there are also seasonal songs which describe various activities alone in a particular season.
Day (III) - Leshi
Take part in the Naga Traditional Pole Erection ceremony in the morning. Enjoy the auction show of Naga Traditional household goods in the dining hall after lunch and participate in other related festivities.
Naga cultivate various crops, which is their main source of livelyhood. They live nomadically and shift from one hillside to another to set up their villages when the soil becomes depleted. After harvesting their crpos, the Naga celebrate their New Year Festival and welcome the next season. This festival is social event but is also to share previous year experiences and to make plans for the upcoming one. The festival is a time to discuss how to overcome difficulties. The Naga pray for abundant crops, good health of their domestic animals and for good weather. Another aspect of this festivals is a family reunion.
In ancient times, their festival was held in every village. Nowadays the Naga tribal committee has chosen one celebration site where the festival is to be held on January15. All tribes taking part in the festival congregate at the site Naga songs and dances depict the history of how Naga tribes lived harmoniously and the festival is a way of renewing that harmony. This festival has become state sponsored for the benefit of Tourism.
Day (VI) - Leshi
After breakfast take your place on the festival grounds to attend the opening ceremony of Naga Traditional New Year commencing at 8:30 am. In the evening enjoy the Naga Traditional food and nice wine and take part in the welcoming Naga New Year dancing around the bonfire.
Day (V) - Depart Leshi-Yangon
Depart Leshi at 5:00am and begin your journey back to the airport for your departure flight to Yangon.