HAFLONG, Jan 8 � The Sngi Lum Lang festival of the Jaintias residing in Dima Hasao district was celebrated at Jatinga village on Saturday with traditional fervour and gaiety.
The festival was celebrated at Jatinga with an aim to revive the culture and customs of the Jaintias after a a long gap of over seven decades. It had been celebrated till 1936 and when the Jaintia community embraced Christianity, some opined that the celebration of the festival was a wastage of time.
In 1999, late H Rupsi held a meeting of all the Jaintia gaonburahs of Dima Hasao district to discuss the need of celebrating the festival, but nothing materialised at that time. Under the initiative of Debojit Thaosen, Chief Executive Member (CEM), Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, and Executive Member Moril Masa and others, the festival came to be celebrated this year.
Dima Hasao Autonomous Council CEM Debojit Thaosen attended the festival as the chief guest, while the CEM of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council,
L Sumer was the guest of honour. They were felicitated with traditional Jaintia scarves and bouquets.
Thaosen hoisted the ceremonial flag in the presence of a huge gathering. This was followed by a welcome song, traditional dances by small children and youths. Later, traditional games and sports, which included archery, were held.
L Sumer, CEM, Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, expressed his satisfaction over the positive attitude of the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council towards the minority Jaintia community living in the district by declaring a holiday on the occasion of the Sngi Lum Lang festival. He also congratulated Thaosen on the organisation of the festival.
Earlier, Flemimg Rupsi, gaonburah, Jatinga village, explained the significance of the festival. He said that the aim of the festival was to retain the culture, customs and traditions of the Jaintia community.
CEM Thaosen, in his speech, stressed the need of preservation of culture, customs and traditions and appealed to the people of Jatinga to save birds at Jatinga.