Manaw Festivals in Myitkyina, Kachin State

    The people of Myitkyina and Putao in Kachin, who are also referred to as the hill people or the Scots of Myanmar, celebrate Manaw festival, which means reunion ceremony. It is also interpreted as the New Year in celebration of victory in battle. It is used as an opportunity to show gratitude to ancestral spirits, and all participants pray for a bright future. All who came to the festival wear their best traditional costume and the main feature of the festival is dancing around the erected Manaw poles, which are similar to the totem poles of North American Indians.

    Naga New Year Festival

    Naga New Year Festival is held on the 10th Waxing Day of Pyatho, and is celebrated with a great feast. Gayals, orMithun, which are a wild bison, are slaughtered in sacrifice, and served with rice and wine for the feast. During the festival, different Naga clans gather in colorful costumes to dance to the sound of loud beating drums. Tribes from remote area also come to join the celebration; all are welcome to celebrate on this one-day festival.