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Meleyingyi Dance

Spring Dance

Meleyingyi dance is associated with Meleyingyi festival, the most important festival of the Zeliangrong people of Nagaland. The festival is held to herald spring and prayers are offered to God during the celebration. On the last day of the festival, groups of singing and dancing girls approach the young men and ask them to join in the dance. This romantic dance is called the butterfly dance.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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