Celebrate India - Moatsu FestivalOf all the regions in India, the one that I have explored the least is the North East. Tu...
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Moatsu is a spring festival and the tribal Naga people celebrate it with lots of colours, feasts, dance and music. The deeper you move into the countryside, the more authentic the celebrations become. This three-day festival is more than just a celebration of the harvest season. Locals use the occasion to clean their Tsubü or water wells, repair or construct new houses and most importantly, conduct spring weddings. The festivities take on a real jovial mood as the people sing love songs for the newlyweds and tributes to their heroes.

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  1. 1. Celebrate India - Moatsu FestivalOf all the regions in India, the one that I have explored the least is the North East. Tucked awayin a corner of the eastern Himalayas lies the land of the Nagas or Nagaland. I have harbouredquite a fascination for this place since my hostel days when my classmates from Nagalandwould tell stories of the warrior tribes that still lived there. I have been able to visit the stateonly once and that wasduring the festival ofMoatsu.Moatsu is a spring festivaland the tribal Naga peoplecelebrate it with lots ofcolours, feasts, dance andmusic. The deeper youmove into the countryside,the more authentic the celebrations become. This three-day festival is more than just acelebration of the harvest season. Locals use the occasion to clean their Tsubü or water wells,repair or construct new houses and most importantly, conduct spring weddings. The festivitiestake on a real jovial mood as the people sing love songs for the newlyweds and tributes to theirheroes.The food is exceptional and free from any kind of city influence. Rice-beer flows all aroundalong with many authentic Naga delicacies. THAT’s how much fun the feasts are!Nagaland is a small state and all major tourist attractions are relatively close to each other. Theentire state is a haven for rich bio-diversity; it’s a dream destination for nature lovers. Eventoday, there are many places that remain untouched by popular tourism. In case you are feelingtruly adventurous, you can experience something truly unique that not many may have evenattempted before.You can start with the Dzukou Valley, 30 km from the capital city of Kohima. It’s the ideal placefor trekking and camping as it is surrounded by natural caves, hills and rocks. The streamflowing through the valley helps support hundreds, probably even thousands of species ofherbs, plants and flowers that make the valley look spectacular.It may not be my cup of tea, but if you prefer a more organized experience, visit the TouphemaTourist Village (41 km from Kohima). It’s situated on a hillock with panoramic views. The resort
  2. 2. offers all modern comforts in an ethnic setting and also arranges tours to nearby hills, ricefields, hunting trips, cultural expeditions and visits to local homes. They have also recentlyopened a museum. Kohima is home to the largest crucifix in Asia.Well, there is a lot more to see. It’s a whole state, you know. But, I’m not going to go on and onabout it. This is where I will say good bye. But I’ll be back with yet another destination and awhole new experience. Until then, take care and travel happy.Ciao!Joy.

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