Rengmas celebrate Ngada in Chümoukedima
Dimapur, Nov. 28 (EMN): Ngada, the post-harvest festival of the Rengma tribe was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Chümoukedima local ground on Monday.
The festival was jointly organised by Rengma Public Organisation, Chümoukedima, (RPOC) and Rengma Public Organisation, Dimapur (RPOD).
Addressing the festive occasion, former minister Nillo Rengma shared about the significance of the festival. Nillo said that in Rengma culture, “unless they forgive one another, it is a taboo to drink together, to eat together and to rejoice together; therefore it is the reason why their forefathers used to forgive one another and then celebrate Ngada festival.”
Nillo also informed that before Ngada is celebrated, three preliminary ceremonies were solemnised.
RPOC president, Peter Magh, in his festival greetings, said Ngada is one of the greatest and most colorful festivals of the Rengma tribe and that the word “Nga” means merry making and “Da” means big.
Magh stated that the Rengma Nagas are bounded by the Angamis in the south, Sumis in the east and the Lothas in the North while the Rengma Nagas have two colonies, one in Tseminyu district and the other in the Mikhir Hills called Njongteripfüju.
RPOD president Alo Kent also shared greetings message while welcome note was delivered by convenor of organising committee, Akhu Kath.
On the occasion, various cultural presentations including folk dance, ‘Ngada Khwi’, ‘Lokerang Khweng,’ ‘Asu Kesü Khwi,’ ‘Lowgwa lünyu le lowgwa ponyü gen küron lü,’ ‘Nanpyang Kechü’ and ‘Aghale’ were displayed.