Dimapur, November 22: A histo-cultural confluence called Makuiluangdi Festival 2019 is being organized by Luangdimai Citizens Forum (LCF) in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) and The North Eastern Council (NEC) on the theme “Malanwangbo: Return of the Native” at Makuiluangdi village, Senapati, Manipur from November 28 to 30.
The Luangdimai, also called Zeliangrong (and Inpui) people who live in four different states of India: Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram trace their roots to a single common mega-village known as Makuiluangdi. The term “Luangdimai” means people of the Makuiluangdi village, where their forefathers lived prosperously, liken to a “Golden Era” and according to oral tradition the village had a number of households touching a magical 7777 at one point of time.
From thereon, they dispersed to different directions in search of better pastures and are now settled in the present Luangdimai/Zeliangrong territory in the North Eastern part of India.
The Makuiluangdi Festival is being organized to create a platform where all Luangdimai village representatives, visitors and participants alike can relive the rich historical and traditional ways in the actual landscape as in costumes, arts, cuisines, craft, dances and music which are strongly kept alive throughout these days, said K. Elu Ndang, convenor, media & publicity committee, Makuilongdi Festival 2019.
In keeping with tradition, the festival will commence with the making of the sacred fire, lighting of lamp and hoisting of festival flag.
One of the main highlights of the festival is the ‘Stone-Piling’ ceremony of Malanwangbo: Return of the Native to Makuiluangdi, conceptualized as a response to the dispersal that took place 2000 years ago.
The LCF appealed to all Luangdimai, neighboring communities and respective state government of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland and particularly Senapati District (Manipur) administration and different civil organizations in these states to extend cooperation and to provide safe passage to travelling contingents coming from different places/states of India and North Eastern States for celebrating the festival.
Meanwhile the organizers informed that apart from online registration, the organizing committee shall accept registration at the site (festival venue). However, the concerned/ interested person may send SMS or Whatsapp on or before November 25 to +919599578162 mentioning name, village, number of persons. For further details about the festival one can visit the website: makuiluangdifestival.com.
(Page News Service)