What is Lui-Ngai-Ni? Tradition, Histrory and Celebration
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Lui Ngai Ni is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Manipur in India. It is a unique way of respecting and conciliating the divine forces appealing to god for the good health and prosperity of the general population. It is celebrated every year on 14-15 February during spring.
Traditions of Lui Ngai Ni
This is a seed-sowing festival celebrated by the Naga tribes. The Naga people are found across the northeastern part of India and northwestern Myanmar. They have a significant population in Manipur.
This is an occasion for the many tribes that make up the Naga in Manipur to come together and showcase their rich cultural heritage and strengthen the bond of Naga solidarity.
Indeed the name of the festival reflects this diverse heritage as it is made up of three words in three different Naga languages but essentially means 'Seed Sowing Festival'.
During this festival, the god of crops is asked to bless the sown seeds to ensure their cultivation will bear fruit with a bumper harvest.
Various cultural activities are showcased during the festival such as wearing traditional clothes, drum beating, and folk dances and songs. Lui-Ngai-Ni is celebrated in all the Naga inhabited areas in Manipur, however, the main festivity is hosted alternately between the main Naga district headquarters in the state.
Though the traditions of the festival are based on age-old spring customs practiced by almost all of the Naga tribes, the festival of Lui Ngai Ni was established in the mid-1980s to give the Naga people a 'national festival' It has been a state holiday in Manipur since 1998, cites officeholidays.
How is Lui Ngai Ni Celebrated and Where to Go?
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The festival celebrations witness various cultural programs, cultural performances, the lighting of the fire, traditional dancing and singing. It provides an opportunity for the youth to connect with their culture and traditions. It is also a major platform for various local artists and musicians to showcase their talent. Traditional drum beating is one of the performing arts seen in this festival. It revolves around the popular belief of offering prayers to god and getting blessed with a rich harvesting season in return. The festival sees thousands of participants across different regions of the North East, according to redbus.
This festival is celebrated in most Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, but the main places hosting the festivity are the district headquarters, namely Chandel, Senapati, Ukhrul and Tamenglong. The festival also witnesses indigenous sports like oiled bamboo pole climbing by the tribal people. Here is some more information about these beautiful places hosting Lui Ngai Ni 2020.
- Chandel: Located amidst the hills of the North-east, it is the home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is well connected to cities in and around and is easily accessible through the roadways. The bus station is located at the heart of the town.
- Senapati: It is one of the best destinations of Manipur with hilly landscapes, rugged mountains and pristine rivers. It is well connected with Guwahati and Dipamur via roads.
- Ukhrul: It is located about 105 km from the Imphal International Airport and 314 km from the Dimapur railway station. Buses or cabs can be hired from the station or the airport to reach Ukhrul.
- Tamenglong: A bus can be boarded from Dimapur or Guwahati to reach Imphal and then to Tamenglong. It is located about 142 km from Imphal. The journey provides beautiful scenic views and is one of the most preferred rides by tourists.
Witness North-East India’s biggest two-day festival with folk songs, blowing of Lui-Ngai-Ni trumpet, the beating of drums, solo performances and cultural dances by the Naga tribes!
The festival assumes more significance among the people of north-east as it appeals for peaceful co-existence and at the same time spreads the message of `live and let live; cutting across the barriers of caste, creed and religion, shows dnaindia.
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