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Ex-MP highlights Aoleang festival

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/2/2019 12:36:38 PM IST

Former Lok Sabha MP, W. Wangyuh Konyak on Tuesday highlighted the significance of Konyak Aoleang Monyu festival, which is celebrated by the entire Konyak community in the first week of Aoleang Lee (April). He said that the festival is observed after completion of sowing of seeds in the new fields and to mark the end of the old year by welcoming New Year blessings. The festival is spread over six days, where each day has separate names and different significances. 

The first day is called “Hoi Lai Yah Nyih”, which means the preparation day of Aoleang Monyu. 

The second day is known as “Yin Mok Pho Nyih”, where domesticated animals were searched and roped in and tethered to a post to be killed during the Aoleang. Young boys, who have not joined head-hunting, were also taken to the jungles for proxy head-hunting. 

The third day is called “Yin Mok Shek Nyih”, the day for killing animals. 

The fourth day “Lingnyu Nyih” is considered as the greatest day amongst the six days. On this day, men and women wore beautiful ornaments and spent the whole day in community feats, amusements, dances and merrymaking. 

The fifth day is called “Lingha Nyih”. It is a day of honouring each other. The last day is called “Lingshan Nyih”, which means the final day of Aoleang Monyu. Here, the day is spent in cleaning the village and houses. 

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