The Lui-Ngai-Ni Festival is one of the biggest festivals of the Nagas (Anal, Mao, Maram, Poumai, Tangkhul, Zemei, Liangmai, Rongmei, Puimei, Moyon, Monshang, Maring, Tarao, Lamkanq, Chothe, Kharam, Chiru, Koireng, and Thangal Naga tribes) of Manipur. Lui-Ngai-Ni Festival is a seed sowing festival and marks the onset of the sowing season. The festival is celebrated every year with great zeal in all the Naga inhabited areas of Manipur.
Lui-Ngai-Ni is a cultural festival and is marked by a plethora of cultural displays and events. The main highlights of the Lui-Ngai-Ni celebrations are:
- lighting of the sacred fire
- blessing of the seeds to be sown for the season
- traditional log drum beating
- traditional folk dances and songs
- traditional fire making
Over the years the Lui-Ngai-Ni celebrations has evolved to adding in dashes of modernization and is now also an occasion for youths to connect with their roots. It is also a platform for various local artistes and musicians to showcase their talents and enthral the people with their art.
Lui-Ngai-Ni 2014 is set to be celebrated in Tamenglong district headquarters on Feb 15 with Shri Neiphu Rio, the Honourable CM of Nagaland, as the Chief Guest and will be accompanied by VIPs and delegates of Nagaland.
Lui-Ngai-Ni brings in a message of peace, serenity, and peaceful co-existence no only for the Nagas but also for the people of the region.