Guwahati : Assam’s Mishing Community is celebrating Ali Aye Ligang across the state today. Ali Aye Ligang is a spring festival associated with agriculture, especially with the beginning of the Ahu paddy cultivation. The festival begins on the first Wednesday of the month of Fagun as per Assamese calendar.
During this festival, the Mishing community people indulge in great banquet with Apong (homemade Rice wine) with various dishes, especially made with pork meat. Packed boiled rice is cooked in water with special leaves. Beautiful damsels belonging to the Mishing tribe prepare their ethnic delicious items and also performed their traditional dance ‘Gumrag Soman’ wearing their beautifully hand-woven colourful traditional attire.
The festival marks the onset of sowing seeds. The name of the festival is made up of three terms; Ali- which means legumes, Aye- means seed and Ligang- means to sow.
The last day of the festivity is marked with a grand community feast, dishes like Poro Apong or Nogin Apong (Homemade Rice Wine) along with dishes made of pork and served with Purang Apin (PackedBoil Rice).
Almost all regions of Assam where the Mishing Community is in large number, are exclusively organising the festivity with great enthusiasm. With various cultural shows, food stalls and dance performances are attracting the guests visiting these places.