The 22nd Karing Ngei also known as the Festival of the Living was celebrated at Nungtek Part 1, Church complex in Tamenglong district on Thursday.
The programme was organised by Karuangmuan-Nungtek Youth club in collaboration with Karuangmuan-Nungtek Women’s Union.
‘Karing-Ngei’ means The 'Festival of Living’ and it is the biggest festival of the Inpui Naga tribe which is celebrated in the month of January every year.
It is a celebration for honoring the ancestors and village champions who sacrificed their lives in protecting the villagers against the enemies. This festival is particularly meant for the menfolk. They make a figure of man which is known as ‘Tabaan Khwanu’.
If anyone strikes the head of the figure, he is considered to have killed a man. If he strike stomach, he is believed to have been blessed with plenty of food.
It is also celebrated to showcase the culture, tradition and strength of the Inpui Nagas. The living festival mainly focuses on the traditions and customs of the Inpui Naga tribe to preserve culture and respect.
The programme was attended by inspector 86 Bn CRPF NP Singh, village chief Rangkhung village Chamei Riamei in the presence of proprietor Duibansui George Kamei, chairman NK Lanchao and secretary Karangam Bariam.
Lighting of sacred fire, cultural dance, choreography were the main highlights of the event.
The games played by forefathers and traditional dance like pole-climbing, ‘Tampaang Kaapnu’ etc. were also performed.
During the event, inspector 86 Bn CRPF NP Singh encouraged the youngsters to move forward and bring positivity in the society.