|Ali Aye Lrigang celebrated across Lakhimpur|
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 22 - The festival of commencement of the agrarian season of the Mising community, Ali Aye Lrigang was celebrated across Lakhimpur district with traditional fervour, pomp and ceremony. The 46th central Ali Aye Lrigang festival was celebrated with a two-day-long programme at the Banko-Mising-Kola-Kristi Bikas Kendra in Borimuri, North Lakhimpur. The Mising community of Assam has been celebrating this festival on the first Wednesday of the month of Phagun by sowing sacred seeds in the name of deities like Donyi Polo, Karshing Kartan, Se: Di-Me:Lo and Rugzi-Me:Rang.
Organised by North Lakhimpur Mising Banke Drirbri Kbang, the festivities began with cleansing rituals and hoisting of the flag by Dhanprabha Tao, president of the organising committee. This was followed by tribute paying ceremony led by Kiran Ayengiya, the working president of the organising committee. The door of the Murang Ghar was inaugurated by Narendranath Pawo, Project Director, DRDA, Lakhimpur and the ceremonial Lriggad was conducted by Bhumiranjan Doley and Kamalakanti Doley. A colourful cultural procession showcasing the rich heritage of the Mising community was taken out.
The procession started from Tyagkshetra and ended at Borimuri before crossing the main streets of North Lakhimpur town. Later, the opening session of the Central Ali Aye Lrigang was inaugurated by Ekalabya Gam, chief adviser, Mising Dirbow Kbang, where the souvenir was released by Gobinda Taid, president Mising Agom Kbang. Cultural competitions like Gumrag, Oyi:nitom were organised on that occasion. Earlier, drawing and essay competition for young children and baby show were also organised at the Ali Aye Lrigang venue in Borimuri. The festival was also celebrated in Ghunasuti, Gogamukh, Zengrai-Kekuri, Dhakuakhana and in several other places.