Naga, The Highlanders of Chin
the Northwest Frontier of Myanmar, along the Patkoi
Mountain Range, there the highlanders called Naga
live at the foot of Mt. Saramati, 3862 meters high.
They are one of the races of Myanmar and have about
64 different clans. The most famous nine are: Gonwan,
Hymmye, Kahyaung, Lautaw, Linenong, Makuri, Makyan,
Marnaut and Tangun. They live mostly around the
Patkoi Ranges and on the western hills of the
Chindwin Riverís sources.
Naga biggest festival is
New Year festival called Kaing Bi and celebrate at
January 15th. The festival site is chosen by Naga
festival committee and held by participating some of
the Naga delegates of the every tribes of Naga in
the festival. Thus this festival is the most
colorful festival in the country and all celebrate
the New Year festival together. The festival site
for this year is Leshi where most of the main tribes
such as Makyan Naga, Ponnyo Naga, Lai Naung Naga,
Hyne Myay Naga, and Nauk Au Naga live harmoniously.
They wear the most colorful costumes. Men wear
fantastic headdresses of colorful hornbill feathers,
beads and wild boar tusks which are necessary
ornamentals items of the costumes. For the women,
bright red and black stripes on the sarong (htamein)
which is dyed with natural dye and decorated with
so-called Naga Pattern. They wear red and white
beads around their necks and tattoo on their
foreheads and chins. By seeing their tattoos, it can
easily identify which tribes they are from.
Tours Program (7days/ 6nights)
Day 1 (Jan 11)
Arrive Yangon by morning
flight and sightseeing. Stay overnight at hotel,
Day 2 (Jan 12)Fly to Hkamti via Mandalay, half hours cruises from
Hkamti to Sinthae village by crossing Chindwin
river. Lunch and refreshments at Sinthae village and
continue to Leshi by light air truck. Arrive at Naga
Land, Leshi, in the evening and check into your
fantastic accommodations that built with native
materials. Dinner and rest for the night.
Day 3 (Jan 13)Visit to Naga Villages around Leshi and their ways of
life, study dancing and singing the rehearsals of
the groups. Dinner and Overnight at Leshi.
Day 4 (Jan 14)Watch for the erection of the traditional Naga
Ceremonial Pole at the festival grounds. Pre-sport
contest in the morning and various Naga Clans in all
their traditional costumes will be there to
participate. Performing Stage show by the Naga Youth
in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Leshi.
Day 5 (Jan 15)The official opening ceremony of Naga New Year
follows by the array of program, including Dance and
Sport competitions. In the evening, a large bonfire
is lit and everybody take part in welcoming Naga New
Year, dancing around the bonfire. Dinner and
overnight at Leshi.
Day 6 (Jan 16)Leave the Naga New Year festival and head back to
Yangon by the same route. Stay overnight at hotel,
Day 7 (Jan 17)Morning shopping and transfer to the airport for
departure by evening flight.