JORHAT, Feb 25 � The Lui-Ngai-Ni, a seed-sowing festival of the Nagas living in Manipur, was celebrated at the Eastern Theological College campus here recently with varied programmes. This was for the first time that the festival had been celebrated outside Manipur. The festival has emerged as one of the popular and common festivals of more than 20 Naga tribes in Manipur since 1987.
Taking part in the celebrations, Professor Shimreingam Shim-ray said, �The philosophy behind the festival is to rediscover the wisdom of the ancient Nagas which lies buried in the form of songs, dances, stories and legends. Indeed these priceless values project fabulous pictures of human fear, aspirations, wars and achievements together with ancient festivals, religion and God�s love for human beings.� He further added that the celebration of such a common festival may become an important part of Naga history.
The meeting held in this connection was moderated by Dr Woba James. Rev Zhabu Terhuja, Dr Akheto Sumi and Bhabha Goswami were the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
The Tangkhul students also staged a romantic folk play on the theme of the clash between two Naga tribes versus two lovers from both tribes.
A traditional attire show was also held during the celebration of the festival.