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Garo community celebrates Wangala festival

Garo community celebrates Wangala festival
(L-R) Social activist, Kahuto Chishi Sumi and Garo dancers presenting cultural dance. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/21/2019 9:01:35 AM IST

Wangala, the post harvest festival of the Garo community was celebrated with great pomp and gaiety Thursday, at Dubagaon village playground, Dimapur.

The celebration programme was organised by Wangala celebration committee in association with Nagaland Garo Tribal Council (NGTC), Garo Students Union Nagaland Zone (GSUNZ), Nagaland Garo Mother's Association (NGMA) and All Nagaland Garo Nationalist Association (ANGNA) hosted by Dubagaon village, Dimapur under the theme “Our culture is the soul to our tribe”.

Speaking at the programme as special guest, social activist Kahuto Chishi Sumi emphasized on unity is strength, whereby he said that the populace of the community can be defined through unity. “Unity will come through leadership, anyone can become a leader but those who can sacrifice for the community shall become the true leader”, he said

Sumi also encouraged the community to learn to live together in unity, to stand and speak out their right for the betterment of the community.

Addressing the gathering as guest of honour NGTC former president and proprietor of Little Daffodils Higher Secondary School Doyapur, Hector Sangma asserted on the importance of education. He encouraged the parents to educate their children so that they will be able to stand for the right of the community in particular and society in general. He also elaborated his speech from the book of Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6: 1. Sangma also encouraged the students to inculcate knowledge through education and learn to respect their parents as well as elders.

Significance of the festival was highlighted by GSUNZ, Cliff D Sangma where he asserted that among all the other festival that the community celebrate, Wangala was the biggest and most important festival of all. He also maintained that the community comprises of 12 sub tribes and five common clan. He elaborated on the importance of one's culture and tradition.

The programme was chaired by Sharmila Momin, invocation prayer offered by Belier Church, Darogapathar pastor Chaseng P Sangma, welcome address delivered by WCC convenor Prodip D Sangma and welcome song presented by Dubagaon village.

Highlights of the festival included Wangala dance by Ekaranipathar village and Samaguri village, indigenous games was displayed by Eralibill village.

Vote of thanks was delivered by NGTC finance secretary Diganto Sangma and benediction was offered by Christian Revival Church Dubagaon village, Sangeeta R Sangma.

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