Aliba Village gears up for 3rd annual Cucumber Festival

Aliba Village gears up for 3rd annual Cucumber Festival

Aliba Village in the Ongpangkong circle of Mokokchung district, Nagaland, is abuzz with anticipation as it prepares to host the third edition of its annual Cucumber Festival on 10 May, 2024.

The event, which has quickly become a cultural and agricultural highlight since its inception in 2022, celebrates the region’s rich heritage and the significance of cucumber cultivation.

This year, the organising committee has opted to condense the festival into a single day, a change from the previous two-day format. Suyimkumba Jamir, a key member of the committee, attributed this decision to the rapid sale of cucumbers and the unpredictable weather conditions that have impacted the crops in recent years.

Aliba Village cucumber festival

Despite these challenges, the organisers are committed to making this year’s festival a resounding success. They have introduced a novel approach to cucumber harvesting, distributing vegetable scissors to participants to help preserve the adjacent stem and ensure the cucumbers remain fresh and juicy.

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Visitors to the festival can look forward to a wide array of activities and exhibits, showcasing the best of local agriculture, culture, and cuisine. From displays of off-season cucumbers and organic vegetables to ethnic cuisines and handicrafts, there will be something for everyone. The event will also feature Nagaland’s Biggest Longdrum, a nod to the region’s rich musical heritage.

For those interested in sustainable agricultural practises, the festival will provide a platform for interactions between farmers and scientists. Attendees can also participate in field visits to cucumber farms and enjoy angling at the scenic Dzuvi Valley.

The competitive spirit will be high, with several events sponsored by Hills Agro Agency. Go-karting, bamboo pole challenges, catapult shooting, and bamboo stilt races are just a few of the exciting activities lined up. Entry fees will be charged, and winners can expect to receive attractive prizes.

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As the final preparations are underway, Suyimkumba Jamir noted that some details are yet to be finalised, pending further discussions by the organising committee. However, one thing is certain – the Cucumber Festival in Aliba Village is not merely a celebration of a humble vegetable; it is a reflection of the community’s resilience, innovation, and cultural pride.

The Cucumber Festival in Aliba Village has become a symbol of the community’s determination to preserve its cultural heritage while embracing modern agricultural practises. The event brings together people from all walks of life, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose.


As visitors flock to the village on 10 May, 2024, they will be greeted by the warm hospitality of the local community and the vibrant colours and flavours of the festival. The air will be filled with the sounds of traditional music, the aroma of delicious cuisine, and the laughter of children as they participate in the various activities.

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The Cucumber Festival is more than just a celebration of a vegetable; it is a celebration of the human spirit. It is a reminder that even in the face of challenges, communities can come together to create something beautiful and meaningful.

So, mark your calendars for 10 May, 2024, and be a part of this unique and engaging event that promises to be a feast for the senses and a celebration of the resilience and creativity of the people of Aliba Village.

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