Ali-aye-ligang festival in Guwahati, Assam

Ali-Aye-Ligang, the main harvest festival of the ethnic Mising community was celebrated with traditional fervor in Guwahati on Wednesday. Ali-Aye-Ligang stands for the first sowing of seeds and fruits (Ali means fruits, aye means seeds and ligang means sowing).

Click on the link below to watch video of Ali-Aye-Ligang festivities in Guwahati:

Ali-Aye-Ligang is celebrated on the first Wednesday of Phagun in mid-February. The festival starts with traditional sowing of paddy sowing and is followed by a massive community feast.

Mising community members sowing seeds

People dress up in traditional attire for the festivities and make merry with the local brews, singing and dancing. The Misings’ traditional dance, known as the Gumraag Nritya, is performed by encircling the field where the the roots and seeds were sown earlier.

A huge bouquet is prepared by the community with Poro Apong (homemade rice wine) with meat and fish. Dhul, gong, and taal are used for composing music of the festival.

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