Dimapur, January 18 (MExN): Chakaan Gaan Ngai, the post-harvest festival of the Rongmei people was celebrated on January 17 with Advisor Power, Government of Nagaland and Chairman, DPDB Dimapur Tovihoto Ayemi as special guest at Chungaizaeng Rongmei Colony, Burma Camp Dimapur. The festival was organized by Rongmei Council Nagaland under the theme ‘Celebrating culture and identity.’
Secretary, Chakaan Gaan Ngai 2019, Organizing Committee in a press release stated that Ayemi in his speech urged the gathering to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of Rongmei people who are indigenous people of Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. He said that Chakaan Gaan Ngai which is the post-harvest festival is an occasion for forgiveness, peace and prosperity. It is also time to introspect the shortcomings of the past and to look forward for a better future. He also averred that the PDA Government is a pro-people government and is concerned about the wastage of government funds in maintaining VIP culture and instead suggested to invest in development of the state.
Earlier, he unveiled the inaugural plaque of the Rongmei Customary Court. The programme started with a prayer offered by Pouhourei Gangmei, Pastor Rongmei Baptist Fellowship Chümoukedima. G Chingkhiulung, President Rongmei Council Nagaland welcomed the gathering and delivered the Chakkan Gaan Ngai greetings.
The festival was marked by traditional way of igniting new fire, cultural dances, display of drum beats, indigenous games and sports and evening extravaganza. John Dangmei and Kachekmunlu Gangmei were adjudged Mr and Miss Chakkan Gaan Ngai 2019 respectively.