Extending his greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of the seed sowing festival of the Nagas, Lui-Ngai-Ni, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that it is one of the biggest festivals of the Nagas which reflects their rich cultural heritage.
The festival is to seek the blessings of the supreme deity on the seeds sown so that they grow to bear fruits for a bountiful harvest, the CM said in his message, while joining the people of the state in the celebrations.
The CM also prayed for joy, happiness, prosperity and strengthening the bonds of oneness and brotherhood among all the communities of the state.
In his Lui-Ngai-Ni festival message, the speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Y Khemchand Singh said that all the three terms of Lui-Ngai-Ni are taken from Tangkhul, Rongmei and Mao languages meaning the same ‘seed sowing’.
Stating that the festival was declared a state holiday in 1988, the Speaker said that it marks the start of the year and heralds the season of seed sowing.
Extending his greetings to the Naga tribes in particular and the people of Manipur in general, the speaker prayed for a bountiful year ahead in the state.
Works minister Th Biswajit while extending his greetings to the people of the state especially Naga brethren on the occasion of Lui-Ngai-Ni informed that the festival is held each year on February 15.
The Lui-Ngai-Ni is celebrated during the seed sowing spring season and it serves as a crucial bond of unity amongst the Nagas by upholding their rich cultural heritage, the minister said in his message while observing that the festival has come to signify peace, harmony and humanism.
While praying for peace and happiness from the festival, he stated that in celebrating the festival in its true spirit, let the seed of love, peace and harmony be sown to reap a bountiful crop yield of a peaceful and prosperous Manipur.Naga Seed sowing festival, Lui ngai ni 2020, Ukhrul lui ngai ni 2020