5 facts | Here are the five facts you must know about ‘Lui Ngai Ni’ festival

5 facts | Here are the five facts you must know about ‘Lui Ngai Ni’ festival

5 Facts | February 15, 2018

Here are the five facts that you must know about the 'Lui Ngai' Ni festival:

#1. The festival 'Lui Ngai Ni' is celebrated by the Naga tribes residing in Manipur. The 'Lui Ngai Ni' festival is celebrated annually at the start of the spring season basically on the 14 and 15 February. This festival is the seed-sowing festival that heralds the season of seed sowing and marks the start of the year for the Nagas.

#2. The word "Lui –Ngai –Ni" has been derived from three different Naga languages. 'Lui' comes from a Tangkul word that is 'Luiraphanit' meaning sowing festival, 'Ngai' comes from Rongmei language which means Festival and the word 'Ni' is a Mao word which means the seed sowing festival.

#3. Various other Naga tribes in Manipur including Anal, Mao, Maram, Poumai, Tangkhul, Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei, Puimei, Moyon, Monsang, Maring, Tarao, Lamkanq, Chothe, Kharam, Chiru, Koireng, and Thangal come together at the designated location to converge and showcase their rich cultural heritage during this festival.

#4.The festival is a special occasion to the Naga tribe to honor and appease the gods of crop and to pray for the well being of the people.

#5. Lui Ngai Ni festival includes various cultural activities such as Cultural Dances and songs, and various cultural attire shows, lighting of the fire, drum beating, traditional folk dances and songs.

TNT- The Northeast Today with inputs from Wiki

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