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Rengma Ngadah festival in Kohima, Tseminyu
Published on 29 Nov. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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The Tesophenyu Group Union Kohima (TGUK) organized the Rengma Ngada festival on November 28 at Tesophenyu Fellowship, Kohima.
The programme was chaired by Sajukha Kath, president TGUK.
During the programme folksong was presented by the men-folk, women-folk and children’s group.
Gracing the occasion as chief guest, founding president of TGUK, C. T. Rengma exhorted shared about the significance of Rengma Ngada festival.
He said like others Naga tribes, Rengmas too have a number of seasonal festivals in connection with cultivation, adding that among them Ngada was the greatest, longest and the most colorful of all the festivals.
Ngada is observed immediately after harvest towards the end of November while the village priest proclaims the day for commencement of celebration which coincides with the appearance of the new moon - ‘Shyemhu’.
In fact, Ngada is a festival of ‘thanksgiving’ and ‘reconciliation’ which marks the end of the year.
It is celebrated with cheer and gaiety for nine days. The first four days consists of performing rituals known as genna and the last five days consists of festivals.
Altogether 487 TGUK members attended the programme, followed by a community feast.
The TGUK further expressed sincere gratitude to all the individuals who contributed generously in making the programme a success.
Meanwhile, the week long celebration of Rengma Ngadah concluded on Friday at Tseminyu. It is also noted that the 5th day of the festival, popularly known as “singing and dancing day” was observed on November 25 coinciding with Rengma-Pochury day at “Aghonshu” near New Tesophenyu village.
Cultural troupes from PKR, Tsogin, Tseminyu Loju, Tesophenyu group, Nsunyu group, Kasha Daho group and Kandi group presented various dances and songs.
Besides, cultural troupes from Pochury tribe of Meluri sub-division were the special feature of the five-day Ngadah celebration.
The 7 day of festivities concluded with young man in every Morung partaking in a feast to mark the end of the Ngadah festival. Nagadah festival marks the end of the year long labour.

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