Nagaland holds its first ever Naga Mircha Festival at Seihama

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The 'Naga Mircha (Naga King Chili) Festival' - 2022 was organised for the first time on 10th September at Seihama village of Kohima district in Nagaland.


  • The festival was organised by the Horticulture Department.
  • Many northern Angami villages cultivate chillies, with the village of Seihama becoming a major producer with a variety of species.

About Naga Mircha :

  • Considered to be the world's hottest chili, the Naga Mircha (King Chili) has consistently been placed in the top five in the list of world's hottest chilies based on SHU.

  • It is also known as 'Raja Mircha', 'Bhoot Jolokia' or 'Ghost Pepper'.

  • It was granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2008. It belongs to the genus Capsicum of the Solanaceae family.

  • It is an indigenous crop of Nagaland, which is believed to have originated from the Jeliangrong region of Nagaland and is extensively grown in Peren, Som, Kohima and Dimapur.

  • It is of normal size and matures to a bright red colour.


Nagaland State :

  • Nagaland was formally recognized as a separate state on December 1, 1963, with Kohima declared as its capital.

  • It is bounded by Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast, Manipur in the south and Assam in the west and northwest and Myanmar (Burma) in the east.

  • Mithun (Gyal) is the state animal of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Blyth's Tragopan is the state bird of Nagaland.

  • The Konyaks are the largest tribe, followed by the Aos, Tangkhul, Semas and Angami.

  • Other tribes include the Lotha, Sangtam, Phom, Chang, Khim Hungama, Yimchungar, Zeliang, Chakhesang (chokri) and Rengm

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