Zeliangrongs residing in and around Delhi along with well-wishers celebrated Gaan-Ngai silver jubilee on the theme, 'Echo from Makuilongdi' on January 29 at New Delhi.
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) C.M Chang graced the occasion as chief guest.
The function was organized by Gaan-Ngai silver jubilee committee of Zeliangrong Welfare Association, Delhi.
The main highlights of the function were Huai (congregational invocation in the form of collective chanting, Ho-Hoi in a long-drawn and systematic rhythm), Maihrapmei (making of the sacred fire by rubbing the string of bamboo flint with a wooden log, reading on significance of Gaan-Ngai by Grace Gangmei and Ajinna Gangmei, traditional games and sports, folk songs, Pazeimei (a unique cultural item where boys and girls seat alternately in a big circle and sing cultural songs together with the bodies bending and twisting in a uniform and systematic manner), cultural dances from various regions of the Zeliangrong inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, magic show by the famous magician, K.C. Pandey, Housie Draw, traditional fashion show followed by Mr. and Miss Gaan-Ngai contest.
Jeremy Sitlhou and Dalsie Gangmei were declared Mr. and Miss Gaan-Ngai, 2011 respectively.
It may be mentioned that the first Gaan-Ngai in Delhi was celebrated in January 1986.
Since then, Zeliangrongs have been celebrating the festival with well-wishers from other communities in its humble efforts to spread the message of peace, love and humanity and promoting traditional values in the age of globalization.
Even though they are far away from their home states (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), the Zeliangrongs living in Delhi have been trying their best to preserve and promote their cultural heritage inherited from the days of 'Makuilongdi'.