FESTIVALS OSERVED IN PHEK DISTRICT.

The people of chakhesang has one of the most beautiful culture and festivals in the state. It is land of festivals. Each festival is celebrated on after another all the year. It is agriculture around which most of the festival revolves. Those who hold prestigious status in the community such as brave warriors and persons who could arrange feast of merit are looked up and honoured. These people earn the beautiful and symbolic shawl and their houses are decorated with horns in front at the back. The village have slight difference of timing for festivals due to climatic conditions, yet the reason and the mode of festivals are basically same. The following festivals are celebrated one after the other through out the year.

1. KHUTHONYE ( July) : It is celebrated during July after completion of the terraced field cultivations. They work and toil hard for a month to procure a year provisions. Having completed the work of cultivation everyone poor or rich eat and drink heartily to regain the lost energies. This is also a time for harvesting millet therefore coinciding with Khuthonye the millet festival called "CHUNYE" is also celebrated.

2 TURHINYE ( August ) : This is a festival with the objective of preserving the crops from wild animals which may destroy the labours and their hard work. During this festival community work such as repairing, cleaning of roads and their village paths are done before the festival. It is celebrated during the month of August.

3 THURINYE ( December) :This festival is celebrated in December . After all the harvest the granaries are full of grain. A chaste bachelor has to perform a ceremonial rite called "MUDZU", wherein a spotless piglet will be killed first. This will be followed by the rest of the villagers killing their own domestic animals and start the feast. People are jubilant they offer thanks to the Gods for protecting their crops from sowing to the stage of harvest.

4 SUKRUNYE ( JANUARY) : It is celebrated during the middle of January. Of all the festivals it is the most important because it is the ceremony to ensure good health of the community during the coming year. The main highlight of the festival is "SUKRU" meant for the menfolk. It implies the sanctification of the young boys. Earlier in the morning all menfolk visit the village spring, where they wash themselves, their weapons and tools and cloth in fresh water before any animals touch the water. They believe all misfortunes and physical ailments have been washed away. On return, every male who is old enough to do so kills an unblemished cock, but it must be killed by throttling it with his hand only. Thus, it stretches to days of celebration by feasting, dancing and singing through out the day and night till dawn.

5 NGUNYE ( February) : This festival falls in February. It is a festival for rejoicing where traditional games and sports are played. It is marked with singing indigenous songs, folk dances and wrestling. People from all khels march in procession in their traditional attires.

6 TUKHANYE ( April) : This is the last festival celebrated during April. This festival mark the beginning of the yearly routine of hard work cultivation. Now that all the festivals are over the people are not at rest. They become more active for the cultivation activities. The Chakhesang people celebrate festivals from 1 to 11 days with outmost gaiety. People put on new cloth and decorate themselves with priceless traditional ornaments. They eat and drink and have a sense of hospitality far beyond his resources. Participation of men and women is the most prominent feature. They sing songs, dance and recite about their ancestor's meritious valour and participate in the festival with a sense of unity and equality. The chakhesang has many peculiarities among them, MUCHI ( YELLING), DOTHI ( HIGH KICKING), KUNU ( WRESTLING), KUTSUSHU( STONE PULLING MONOLITH) etc. are of the pecular features of this area. Home