Itanagar: Mishing Community celebrates ‘Ali Aye Ligang’ festival


The Mishing community residing in state today celebrated their festival ‘Ali Aye Ligang’ with great enthusiasm, traditional fervour and pomp and show.

The Ali ai Ligang Festival is the most vibrant festival of the Mishing people. The name Ali ai Ligang is significant; “Ali” means root and seed, “ai” means fruit and “Ligang” means sow. This is the reason why, the sowing in of paddy is started on this day ritually. After the ceremonial sowing of the paddy seeds, a dance is performed by the young boys and girls of the tribe.

Attending the chief guest Parliamentary Secretary PWD, UD and ULB and local MLA Techi Kaso in his address said that every festival gives us a message to live in unity with communal harmony with maintaining of preservation of cultural value of the different tribes and community.

Many festival are based on harvest for bumper harvest of agriculture and horticulture crops which sustain the livelihood of family and society and country.

The  festivals of different tribes and community with diverse traditional and cultural value need to be maintained and passed on to the younger generation or else a time will come we may loos our identity.

Kaso said that he being the local elected representative of the area will always come forward for all round development of the capital city which he have been doing since he was Market President and PRI Members and pledge to serve in future. With regards to Rostrum construction he said that he have given direction to release the balance fund from the department for its early completion which would help in celebration of festival for years together.

Guest of Honour IMC Councillor Yumlam Minu while said it is an opportunity that Arunachal Pradesh become a Mini India where people from all tribes, community and religion live and celebrate and perform their rituals and festival without fear and we the tribal people support and cooperate them in their works and business for our convenience and they also shoulder the responsibility for development of area and state.

She said that Mishing community being the descendent of Abo-Tani Clan members are brothers and we all are happy to be here to enjoy the festival with great pomp and show which need to carry forward for unity, and communal harmony among the tribes of state for better future of our younger generation in time to come. She assure all her support for any works related to the community development and unity

Capital Complex Ali Aye Ligang festival celebration committee President B. C. Doley, General Secretary Debojit Pegu also address the gathering.

Mishing Socio Cultural Society and IGP (HQ) Nobin Payeng, BJP Mohila Morcha General Secretary Techi Mamta, social workers Techi Voy among others were present on the occasion.

Several cultural extravaganza marked the day long celebration with a huge presence of the people of Mishing community and local people of the area.

Earlier the dignitaries also participated the local ritual at the festival ground.

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