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JPN chairman heralds Meleingyi; Zeliangs in festive mood
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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Chairman, Jalukie Pumling Nko (JPN), Lungda Nring, while extending ‘Mleingyi’ festival greetings to all Zeliangrongs, also looked forward to fervently observing the festival in the spirit of unity and peace.
The festival lasts for a week commencing from March 9 with traditional fire-making and slaughter of animals on the first day.
The flame obtained through traditional fire-making from one source is brought to respective male dormitory of the village and is allowed to burn throughout the celebration period.
Prior to the onset of the festival, the village chief announces its advent so that his native folks may complete their farming and household works to prepare themselves for the celebration.
‘Mleingyi’ is the major gala of the community which also marks the end of a chilly winter and the heralding of a lovely spring. It is observed with much enthusiasm, fastened with customary agricultural practices, preceding burning of their jhum fields and seed-sowing.
During the carnival, the male members of the village prepare separate hearths; eat and drink from the newly preparedcups and plates made of bamboo and banana leaves. They also remain chaste from the women-folk during the entire celebration period.
The predominant theme of the festival is offering prayers and seeking blessings from the supreme God to protect from all sources of evils and to favor moderate weather for bountiful food and grains all through the year.
Colorful attires and merry-making among the young and old embody the fiesta, during which it is also considered a bad omen to set out beyond the village for any occupational vocation.
The carnival also witnesses traditional Indigenous games and sports to select the strongest and the most able men and women in respective disciplines who will eventually be declared as the pride of the clan and the village as a whole.
The occasion also witnesses - apart from games and competitions - customary dances accompanied by folk songs with different rhythmic combinations and connotative lyrics - each having different attributions.

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