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Nagaland floods | Relief rice reaches on time, adds sweetness to festival

Dimapur, September 4: Battling the erratic weather, rainfalls and floods, seven trucks carrying rice  reached Nagaland’s Kiphire district on Monday – adding sweetness to one of the major festivals of the Sangtams.

Mongmong is a major and popular festival of the Sangtams – the largest of the three tribes in Kiphire. Mongmong in Sangtam dialect means “togetherness forever” and is celebrated for six days (Sept 1-6) during the first week of September annually.

On the third day of the festival, which is known as Musuangtap, rice cakes are placed on the tops of the three worshiping stones, each representing a particular God, and wine is poured over them. The act symbolizes feeding the Gods.

Due to floods, Kiphire district is facing shortage of essential commodities. Heavy rainfalls, landslides have disrupted the movement of heavy vehicles between Kiphire and Dimapur for almost four weeks now resulting into a shortage of essentials. The movement of loaded trucks has been restricted owing to soft soil and muddy conditions.

“The arrival of the trucks have brightened up the festival. We are thankful to the government. Monday was the most important day of Mongmong festival,” said R. Tsithongse Sangtam, general secretary of United Sangtam Likhum Punji, as quoted by The Hindu.

~Time8

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