Kohima, November 27 (MExN): The Rengma Ngada celebration 2016 under the theme ‘Our Culture, Our Identity’ will take place on November 28 at Naga Solidarity Park, Kohima from 11:00 am onwards under the aegis of Rengma Public Organization Kohima (RPOK).
Naga People’s Front (NPF) president and DAN chairman Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu will grace the festival as the chief guest, while parliamentary secretary for PWD (Housing) Er. Levi Rengma will be the chief host.
The festival will be marked by folk dance, indigenous games, howling and yowling, high kick, strength show contest and tug of war.
Ngada is the biggest festival of the Rengmas. It is celebrated towards the end of November every year marking the completion of the agricultural year and the enjoyment of the year’s harvest. It is a festival where the poor and rich share with each other without any distinction.
It is also a festival where the wrongdoings of individuals against each other are forgiven and forgotten. Ngada festival also marks the remembrance of the dead ones by sharing drinks and food in the form of offerings at their graveyards.
Various Rengma villages have their own unique, rich and cherished historical legacy and traditional values handed down from the forefathers to the present generation, which the village folks still practise.
Governor extends Ngada greetings
Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya has extended warm greetings to the Rengma community of Nagaland on the occasion of Ngada festival 2016. “As the community celebrates in oneness let us also thank our Almighty God for His unceasing love and blessings, and pray for good health and prosperity,” the Governor wished in a press release issued by the PRO, Raj Bhavan. He further wished that the occasion may usher in the spirit of unity, reconciliations, forgiveness, peace and communal harmony.
Acharya also expressed gratitude to the farmers and prayed for their welfare. “India is an agricultural country. Let us all come together and be nodal agents to reach the ‘Kisans’ and involve them in various Central & State welfare project/schemes for the welfare of farmers by reaching out to them & motivating them to go for Kisan Credit Card, Kisan Soil Card, etc. of Central Government Welfare Projects and Jhan Dhan Yojna, etc,” he appealed.
Meanwhile, he prayed that God will bestow his abundant blessing upon the Rengma community on the auspicious Ngada festival and Naga society in general.