Pothashang News Service: Imphal, February 15, 2020: Lui-Ngai-Ni, a seed sowing festival for the 20 ‘Naga’ clans in Manipur particularly Anal, Aimol, Chothe, Chiru, Inpui, Kharam, Khoibu, Lamkang, Liangmai, Mao, Maring, Maram, Moyon, Monsang, Poumai, Rongmai, Tarao, Tangkhul, Thangal and Zeme was celebrated at TNL ground, Ukhrul district on Saturday.
A two-day celebration which is hosted by the Tangkhul Naga Long(TNL) was organised by the State Level Organising Committee(SLOC) under the aegis of United Naga Council (UNC).
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh extended his greetings on the festival eve.
“May Lui- Ngai-Ni bring joy, happiness, prosperity and strengthen the bond of oneness and brotherhood among all communities in the state,” he said.
PHED, minister Lossiemouth Dikho, at the celebaration, recalled forefathers of the Naga tribes whose many unique historical values had been inherited. Seed sowing culture in the spring is one of the many features the Nagas still practice today. For the prosperity of live atleast in a year’s time, anything before plantation, sacrifices and prayers to God were made to sprout and bear good harvest, he added.
The minister reminded the gathering that God has bestowed the Nagas without any shortage on land that grows everything the people needed. But with time, water has now become a matter of great concern everywhere. And scarcity of water is going to worsen if we do not take proper measurement today. He urged the gathering for preservation of the environment for a better sustainable future in the land. Under the theme, “oneness through culture” the festival is a unique event showcasing different social exercises like cultural dances, melodies, clothing, drum thumpings, horn blowings, customary moves and tunes etc.