SHILLONG, Nov 23 - Seng Kut Snem, an annual year ending festival of the indigenous Khasi faith believers, was today celebrated at Weiking Field here with pomp and gaiety.
People from all ages and gender, dressed in their traditional outfits took part in the celebrations.
A major attraction of the festival is the dances that are performed by both men and women. Before the dances, rituals are held by the priests.
The annual festival is celebrated to mark the Seng Khasi movement. The movement began during the Colonial era and the British�s continuous atrocities on the indigenous way of life of the Khasis and Jaintias.
This 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.
After a year later, the Khasi Young Men�s Association celebrated its first anniversary and called it Seng Kut Snem and the occasion is celebrated every year since then to commemorate that movement.