Rongker being observed. Image credit - Northeast Now

To welcome the New Year, the Karbi people in Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, and other areas observed Rongker, a ceremony to pray to the almighty, Hemphu.

Rongker is observed to seek blessings for the villagers and all other people of the Karbi tribe in the New Year.

The Karbi New Year falls on February 1.

However, some villages observe Rongker on January 5 and others on February 5.

Among the villages, which observe Rongker in Diphu area are Lorulangso No. 2, now known as Longrun Lamngso.

In the morning at 10 am, the tribal priest gathered to offer prayers and sacrifice to Hemphu and other deities at the Rongker Than.

Village headman Harlongki Bey supervised the proceedings while priest Songja Bey and others performed the puja – Se Karkli.

The village falls under Ward No. 12, the constituency of the chairman of Diphu Municipal Board, Rah Kro.

Kro took the initiative to construct the approach road to the Rongker Than.

On the occasion, Village Development Committee president Ratneswar Tisso, secretary Khorsing Engti and others were present.

This is the 24th year of the village.

A discussion for celebration of the Silver Jubilee next year was also discussed.

Another village that also observed Rongker for welcoming the New Year was Joysing Teron village, Birla here.

Rongker was being observed since the morning under the leadership of village headman Rajeshwar Teron who offered sacrifice to Hemphu, Mukrang and Rasinja.

Priests Dhoneswar Teron along with headman Teron, Kolomsing Bey, Longki Terang, Dhoneswar Teron, Harsing Timung, Khoyasing Teron and Semson Sing Teron offered the sacrifice.

Rongker ends with community feast.

Villages in and around Diphu town – Chephongsajir, Rongchingri, Sankur Anglong and Rongtharve – also observed Rongker.

Nongee Terang

Nongee Terang is Northeast Now Correspondent in Diphu. He can be reached at: