SHILLONG, Nov 23 - The festival of the indigenous Khasi faith and culture, Seng Kut Snem was today celebrated at the Weiking Ground here with great fanfare.
People dressed in their finest traditional outfits and accessories took part in the celebrations.
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan while conveying his best wishes to the Seng Khasi, said, �every Khasi today is proud of the Khasi tradition and culture that has been preserved and developed through the efforts of Seng Khasi.�
The annual festival is observed to mark the Seng Khasi movement. This celebration is a form of community prayer for protection of the identity of the Khasi race.
During the British rule, continued assault on the indigenous faith and culture of the Khasis and Jaintias led sixteen young men to form an organisation called the Khasi Young Men�s Association on November 23, 1899 to preserve and safeguard the indigenous way of life also known as Niam Trai Niam Tre.
A year later, the Association celebrated its first anniversary and called it Seng Kut Snem and the occasion is celebrated every year since then to commemorate that movement. This year the festivities marked the 117th anniversary of the Seng Khasi Movement.