The National Mask Festival is an annual event that takes place in East New Britain where local tribes gather to display their traditional attires and dances.
The festival usually starts at the break of dawn with a Kinavai Ceremony. This is when Duk-Duks or Tumbuans traverse across the seas, chanting and beating their drums until they reach the shore.
This Kinavai Ceremony is sacred to the Tolai people of East New Britain. It represents the migration of the New Ireland people moving into East New Britain as Tolai people.
The festival program usually begins between 9am to 10am, when local tribes from around Papua New Guinea have a time slot in which they display their different attires,chant songs and dance traditional dances- each with it's own unique story and importance.
We have a total of 840 different language speaking tribes in Papua New Guinea so you can just imagine the diversity of such a country. Each language speaking tribe has different cultural attires,dances,chants & beliefs.It is an experience of a lifetime to watch these tribes performing in their traditional attires with their songs and dances.
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