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Liangmais celebrate ‘Chagaa Gadi’

Tening students Dimapur presenting traditional dance on the occasion of ‘Chagaa Gadi’ festival on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Oct. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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The Liangmai community of Dimapur on Saturday observed ‘Chagaa Gadi’, one of the most celebrated festivals of Zeliangrongs, particularly the Liangmais, with much pomp and fervor at Tenyimi Complex Dimapur.
Besides being a festival of sanctification, ‘Chagaa Gadi’, celebrated in the month of October each year for five days, is also observed as a war festival.Addressing the celebration as chief guest, social worker and 6 A/C Tening former NPF candidate Samuel Medaliang emphasized on the growing importance of cultural power and asserted that culture should not be confined to festivals alone.
Stating that there was an underlying noble cause in culture itself that called for mutual respect of one another for a harmonious and peaceful co-existence, the chief guest called upon Liangmai community to set the example of living in unity with an objective to usher-in development and progress.
He maintained that the Zeliangrongs would remain as one despite separation by “artificial political boundary” and urged the community to refrain from making any remarks that could bring about differences among the Zeliangrong community of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
The chief guest also stressed on the need for the people to join hands by coming together to resolve any conflict within the community. He further called upon the people to be wary of elements with vested interests that could create disunity within the community.
Meanwhile, Peren District Congress Committee president Zandi Dumta who graced the occasion as guest of honour, called upon the Liangmai community to introspect on the worthiness of the occasion, which was observed with an objective to preserve and promote culture and identity. Asserting that one’s culture was essence of one’s identity, Zandi lamented that the young generation was forgetting the ways of their own culture. He urged upon the youths to realize the importance of their cultural values and work towards promoting their culture at all levels.
Naga Hoho deputy speaker Hurui and Liangmai Aruang Dimapur president Jengdibo also exhorted the gathering on the significance of the occasion. Main highlights of the festival included traditional dance presented by Tening students Dimapur, songs and cultural entertainment items by members of the community.
The celebration in Dimapur was organized by Liangmai Aruang Dimapur.

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