Nyirmen festival celebrated as ‘Women’s Day’

AALO, Nov 5: The street from Nehru Chowk to Gumin Kiin here in West Siang district wore a carnivalesque look as hundreds of women thronged it to showcase their traditional attires, folklores and traditional practices on the occasion of Nyirmen festival celebration on Tuesday.
The festival was organised by the district women’s wing of the Galo Welfare Society (GWS).
“Nyirmen festival, which is known as ‘Women’s Day’, is unique in the sense that it depicts the ideals of tribal womanhood, like any other ancient Indian society,” said Yanga Poyom Yomcha, one of the senior most women priests of the Galo society.
District GWS unit secretary Nyage Loya stressed on showcasing the rich Galo culture through such festivals, while Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi president Mogi Ori narrated the mythology behind the celebration of Nyirmen.
Celebration committee president Mornyak Loyi Ete, and its secretary, Gebom Ete Padu, highlighted the objectives of the festival.
Jirdin, Deyi Gumin and Hissam bagged the first, second and third prize, respectively, of the street carnival show, which was sponsored by Dr Dubom Bagra.
A comedy competition between the residents of various sectors and colonies of Aalo was one of the main attractions of the cultural programme in the evening. (DIPRO)