Fast Facts :
Situated : Assam, India
Feted By : Zemi Naga
Dance of the Festival : Naga Dance performed by the Zemi
Time of the Festival : Middle of April
Time for Festivity :
The festival of Heleibambe is feted by the Zemi Village. The villagers commence this festival before the cultivation of Jhum in the middle of April. Few rituals are performed by the priest of the village known as Tingkupeu like the one sacrificing of Buffalo for the sake of betterment of crops. The meat is then distributed amongst all the villagers.
The Rituals :
After the lavish feast is done, all the members of Leuseuki and Hengseuki starts singing and dancing which goes on for the entire night. On the 2nd day, all the young girls and boys dance and sing in the streets of village halting in front of the entire household.
The main reason of commencing this festival is to assuage Suhprai, the crop god, so that they get bountiful of good cropping.