There is no questioning the nature of popular festivals of Nagaland. They are effortlessly exuberant and inertly extravagant. And Naknyulum falls no short of these factors. Naknyulum is accountably the most important festival celebrated by the Chang Naga tribe, in Nagaland. It is in North East India, where the festival has garnered honourable recognition. The originality and theme of the festival are closely shaped and inspired by the history of native 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.
The ancient Chang culture believed that, there were three heavenly gods, each god empowered with their own gifts and blessings. During this festival, people offer prayers and invoke god’s blessings with special rituals.
The semblance on which the festival has acquired a strong foothold is the history that shapes it.
Per 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 sixth day, a man named ‘Namo Molo’ killed a six-tailed wielding tiger (or in some sources double-tailed tiger) who 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.
The Naknyulum festival is celebrated every eleventh month of Chang calendar which is at the end of July. Now, it is officially celebrated on 29th, 30th and 31stJuly.
The period coincides with the first harvest of the season for the year. This specific duration is unequalled and wondrous for flourishingtourism and holidays in Nagaland.