The Mount Hagan Festival, first staged in 1961 to unify the tribes in the area years before the nation of Papua New Guinea was declared and recognised. To this day, Mount Hagan Festival still holds a prominent place in Papua New Guinea for locals and tourists to come together and celebrate this cultural event. In this guide, we will supply you with a ‘Survival Kit’, and the ‘Must-See Tribes!’
Why Should You Go to the Mount Hagan Festival?
The festival ought to be main attraction for anybody visiting PNG. The highlands have yearly celebrations that feature a variety of feathered headdresses, painted faces, and mud masks as one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically varied regions. Incredibly impressive spectacles, the Mt. Hagen celebrations feature participation from numerous indigenous groups. In the isolated mountains of Papua New Guinea, it can be difficult to reach, but the journey will be well worth it in the end.
Purchase a two-day pass and arrive no later than 9am. You will have access to the hundreds of tribes as they get ready for the event as a result of this. The preparation of the competitors’ costumes and face paint provides a sort of “behind the scenes” perspective. You have VIP access because you are a foreigner, so arrive before the other tour buses arrive.
Get Extra Batteries and SD Cards for Your Camera!
You can take a beautiful picture by pointing your camera wherever around here. Make sure your camera has enough battery life to endure a whole day of shooting because you’ll be taking thousands of pictures. This place is a photographer’s paradise because the locals are so open to having their picture taken.
Bring Food and Water!
You won’t find any stores or eateries there, so bring lots of water and food since you’ll probably be there from 9 am until 2 pm.
Bring A Hat and Wear Sunscreen!
The tropical sun is very powerful, even though Papua New Guinea is not the world’s hottest place. There is nowhere to hide from the sun’s beams here, so wear a hat and slather on the factor 50.
Get All Your PNG Souvenirs Here!
In Papua New Guinea, there aren’t many options to purchase high-quality items that were manufactured there. But there is a fair selection at the Mount Hagen festival. Here, you can find anything at a reasonable price, including purses, paintings, and wood carvings.
Join In and Have Fun!
Don’t watch this show all day from behind your camera. Join the tribes as they demonstrate their distinctive dance moves. Be brave; they are kind folks who enjoy interacting with guests and showing off their moves.
In a wonderfully unique setting, this event is taking place. As it only occurs once a year, specifically the third weekend in August, make sure to reserve your spot with YPT as soon as possible.
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Must – See Tribes of Mount Hagan Festival
Due to their isolation, little is known about this tribe, however it is believed that 60,000 of them reside in the highlands. They can be identified at the festival by their distinctive skeleton body paint, which has menacing skeletal teeth.
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With a population of between 300,000 and 400,000, the Huli are the largest ethnic group in the highlands. They can be identified by their distinctive headdresses, which are crafted with time, patience, and the assistance of a “wig master.” One of the most distinctive tribes at the Mount Hagen Festival, their headdresses are adorned with feathers and other objects, and their faces are painted in vibrant hues of red, yellow, and white in a variety of patterns. It is quite rare to see the males wearing these wigs together because they live apart from the rest of their tribe.
The Asaro Mudmen are undoubtedly one of the Mount Hagen Festival’s more distinctive tribes. Large mud masks, white paint over their bodies, and long bamboo sticks linked to their fingers—this is unquestionably the stuff of cultural nightmares. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact beginning of this custom, but according to legend, it was first used by one man to convince his enemies in combat that they were spirits to terrify them away. You should go to the Mount Hagen Festival in August if you want to contact with this tribe because they are in a very remote area of New Guinea.
Keep in mind that there is much more to it than simply getting to know and experience the locals and their culture. The world’s greatest unspoiled natural beauty, in terms of both flora and animals, can be found throughout Papua New Guinea. For whatever type of allocentric traveller, Papua New Guinea has plenty to offer, from the ‘birds of paradise’ to vast coral reefs!
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