Imphal, Jan 19:
The Celebration Committee on State Level Gaan-Ngai Festival is going to celebrate the State Level Gaan-Ngai on January 24 at Longjang Village, Noney District.
Janghemlung Panmei, MLA Tamenglong A/C, and Dinganglung @ Dipu Gangmei, Retired IAS and Chairman of the Hills Area Committee (HAC), will grace the occasion as the Chief Guest and Functional President, respectively. The festival will also be attended by esteemed Guests of Honor, including Azang Rongmei, President of ZU(AEVIN), Sabesthian Kamei, President of RNPO (AMA), and Titus Kamei, Vice President of ZB (AMN).
Gaan-Ngai Festival contains various rites and rituals such as prayer of Ho-hoing, feasting, singing, dancing, games and sports, making of “holy fire” for purification and prosperity for the entire community. For the purpose’ of “Ho-hoing” prayer, all the adult males observe purification disciplines. All the bodied men, young and old get together and perform the “Hoi” which is a long drawn shouting of Rio-hiring in unison in a systematic rhythm. This the highest form of collective and congregational prayer of God. Performing the said rites, they beseech God’s blessing, talent and good fortune for success in life including bountiful of harvest of paddy and crops, success in hunting, fishing and victory in the coming New Year.
The Celebration Committee extends warm wishes to the people of Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland, with a special emphasis on the Zeliangrong community. They hope that this year’s Gaan-Ngai Festival will usher in prosperity and peace for the state of Manipur.
In a plea to preserve the rich traditions and cultural values of the forefathers, the Celebration Committee earnestly calls on leaders of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), village authorities, different religious denominations, youth clubs, women’s societies, students, and youths to actively participate in the festival. Their involvement is seen as crucial in upholding the cherished heritage passed down through generations.