In a proud moment for the country, the Konyak Union in Nagaland has bagged the Guinness Book World Record for the 'Largest Traditional Konyak Dance'.
On April 5, 4687 Konyak Naga women from Nagaland came together and danced in their colourful traditional attire at the Aoleang Monyu (Mini-Hornbill) festival in an attempt to set the record.
On Wednesday, the Konyak Union said that they had received a response from Guinness Book officials a day earlier stating:
"The largest traditional Konyak dance consists of 4687 participants and was achieved by the Konyak Union (India)in Monday, Nagaland, India, on 5 April 2019."
The Konyak Union has thanked all the participants, well-wishers and supporters.
The programme was organised at Mon district of Nagaland by the Konyak tribe. The main object of the Aoleang is celebrating the presence of Wangwan, the divine spirit of blessing. They take the name of Wangwan to praise and to invoke its presence while singing, dancing, eating and drinking. The event was organised by the Konyak Union in coordination with other organisations of the tribe. "With an aim to preserve the cultural heritage of the people and also to promote tourism, this festival is organised every year," the statement issued by the organisation said.
Konyak is one of the 16 Naga tribes and people of this community live mainly in the Mon district of Nagaland. They are easily distinguishable from other Naga tribes by their pierced ears. They are also adept in making 'Janglaü' (machetes) and wood sculptures.
Though the official adjudicators of the Guinness World Records could not come to judge the attempt, their representatives from North East Zone Cultural Centre under the Ministry of Culture were present and they sent the evidence to the headquarters.
Earlier, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has also praised the attempt made by the group: