Agencies | Guwahati, Feb 18: The various Naga tribes of Manipur residing in the city “sowed the seed” of Lui-Ngai-Ni festival for the first time on Saturday.
Lui-Ngai-Ni is a seed sowing festival celebrated by different Naga tribes of Manipur on February 15. The Nagas belonging to Tangkhul, Anal, Zeliangrong, Mao, Aimol and other tribes compositely organized the festival to strengthen the bond with each other and also to showcase their rich cultural heritage to city residents.
“Since we are living away from our homes in Manipur, we decided to organize Lui-Ngai-Ni here itself. It’s a good idea to get together with the other Naga tribes of Manipur living in Guwahati.
Also, we want to showcase our tradition to non-Nagas so that we can understand each other better and strengthen our bond,” Thotngam Jamang, organizing secretary of the Lui-Ngai-Ni organizing committee, said.
“This is also an opportunity for our children to witness and experience their own culture and tradition in Guwahati,” chairman of Tankhul Welfare Society, Guwahati, A S Hopingson, said.Although Lui-Ngai-Ni in Manipur is celebrated on February 15, here it was organized a day later on Saturday.
Besides traditional songs and dance, the festival was pepped up by folksinger Guru Rewben Mashangva and Ringo. Tattoo artist Mo Naga, who recently opened his studio here, also took part in the festival with his painting of a water buffalo skull, symbolizing the days left behind in their homeland.
Mo Naga, who is also popularizing traditional Naga tattoos through his works, said such programmes should be organized at least twice a year.