(Last Updated on : 23/01/2015)
Sekrenyi festival is one of the significant festivals of the Angami tribe
that is held on the following month of January or Doshi. The festival is observed just after Terhunyi. It is the festival that sanctifies men. The entire community
is imbued into the tempo of the festival celebration. The people of Angami tribe fete this festival to possess good fortune, and to acquire blessings in the lives of the people. In the bygone era, the festival continued for 10 long days. Nowadays, it has been curtailed and is celebrated for six days only.
Etymology of Sekrenyi
The literal meaning of Sekrenyi is sanctification. The word “Sekrenyi” if broken comes like sekre - sanctification; nyi – feast and thenyi which means festival.
Celebration of Sekrenyi
The mode of celebrating this festival is unique. For sanctifying the males, water
is brought from nearby well or spring, a fireplace is prepared by chafing splints or bamboo
blades. A cock or hen is then sacrificed.
Men play a crucial role in cooking in this temporary fireplace, utilizing separate utensils. Later, they also take part in another special ceremony of slaying demons and misfortunes. This symbolic slaying is done by target shooting with the use of sticks as wooden spears. All the participants receive Thisisaja, the solemn blessing bestowed upon by an elderly person so that they achieve victory in the struggle against evil. Thus ends the first day, also called Sekre day. Like Terhunyi ritual, men carry the Sekre meat and rice brew to their maternal uncles and receive the same from them in return.
Rest of the three days are spent in gathering objects for decoration from the forest areas and also making jewelries
etc. On the 5th day, the aged folks involve themselves in threading beads. Youths deck up in these ornaments in the evening, and spend the time in merry making. This mood of fun and frolic continues till the end of the festival.
Thus, the festival Sekrenyi is an opportunity for the people of Angami tribe to look back and see what good or bad things they have done. The festival is also a platform to spread harmony and happiness and unite with each other.