Konyaks celebrate Lao-Ong Mo festival in Kohima
Kohima, Sep. 28 (EMN): The Konyak Union Kohima (KUK) celebrated its first Lao-Ong Mo festival, an occasion to mark the end of all harvest activities, at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Saturday.
Legislator CL John said that the Konyaks stopped celebrating the festival after the advent of Christianity but they started observing it again in 2016 after more than 50 years. He encouraged the Konyak community to continue preserving their traditions and cultures.
Highlighting the significance of the festival, B Tingshem, retired director of school education, said that the offerings during the festival are made to the divine spirit by expressing the indebtedness for bountiful blessings being bestowed.
The festival is preceded by performing various rituals, adherence to certain strict norms, code and beliefs. It was celebrated with much zest and traditional gaiety, marked by cultural performances and blowing of trumpet.