DIPHU, Feb 11: The ‘Hacha Kekan’, post-harvest festival, was celebrated at the residence of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) chief executive member (CEM) Tuliram Ronghang at Rongthe-ang here on Monday.
Hacha Kekan is one of the important festivals of Karbi community. It is not exactly based on the folk-tales. Hacha Kekan festival is mainly associated with after harvest rejoicings. Hence, it is assumed that the Hacha Kekan is secular in its activities and differs substantially from other festivals. It principally differs from Rongker as this festival needs the propitiation of God.
Karbis perform solemn rituals after bringing paddy home from fields. In the evening paddy stored in one place was filled up in peh lu bags (a cloth use as bed sheet) called mantung and carried home by youth to store in the barn.
The wife of CEM, Kache Teronpi with traditional basket-hak filled up the paddy in mantung- cloth bags amidst songs performed by youth. Priest performed a ritual before the paddy is being taken home.
CEM Ronghang said Karbis has a tradition of performing Hacha Kekan, post-harvesting dance after paddy is brought from field.
“The Hacha Kekan is performed today in my residence in order to uphold our age-old practice and to continue in this modern era. Since 1951, no other CEM in Karbi Anglong has performed Hacha Kekan in their residence. But I have done it. It is because I want to show to outside people that Karbis has a distinct culture and tradition which is different from other tribes,” CEM said.
The CEM also greeted all people on the occasion and urged Karbi people to conduct Hacha Kekan in their own homes in keeping the tradition alive.
KAAC chairman Longki Timung and deputy chairman Ritesh Enghi and EMs and MACs and Rongtheang village headman Longbiram Ingti Kathar attended the programme.