Lui Ngai ni
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 good health and prosperity of the general population. It is celebrated every year on 14-15 February during spring.
Origin, History, & Significance of Lui Ngai Ni
Lui Ngai Ni festival commemorates the season of seed sowing and embarks the start of the new year for the people of Naga clan. Like most indigenous people of the world, the Nagas have no written history about their traditions, values, customs and beliefs except those which passed through traditions in the form of music, art, dance, wood-carvings, festivals etc. In 1987, this festival was given a collective shape and recognized the efforts of the Naga community. It has been declared as a public holiday by the Government of Manipur.
Considering the need for a common festival of their own, Naga leaders and scholars organized a seminar to formulate a festival. Finally, the Naga Seed Sowing Festival was considered to be the most important and declared as the permanent Naga festival by the state government. It has also been listed as one of the tourism festivals by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
Nagas of Manipur, which include Mao, Rongmei, Tangkhul, Moyon, Anal, Tarao, Poumai, Chothe, Monsang, Koireng, Thangal, Puimei, Lamkanq, Chiru, Kharam, Maram, Zeme, Linangmai, and Maring get together at a pre-decided location and celebrate the Lui Ngai Ni festival together. The term Lui Ngai Ni derived from three different languages – the first word “Lui” stood for Luiraphanit which is a seed sowing festival in Tangkhul language. “Ngai” also means a festival which is a Rongmei word and lastly “Ni” comes from Mao language meaning seed sowing festival.
When is Lui Ngai Ni Celebrated?
This colourful festival marks the new year of the Manipuri clan and is observed on 14-15 February. People of Naga Tribe from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland also join the festival. Lui Ngai Ni festival signifies love, unity and peace among Naga clans from different regions.
How is Lui Ngai Ni Celebrated and Where to Go?
The festival celebrations witness various cultural programmes, 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.
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 2021-
- 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.
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