67th Phom Day observed

67th Phom Day observed
Temjen Toy being accorded warm welcome on Thursday. (DIPR)
Correspondent Longleng, Jun 6 (NPN): | Publish Date: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 Phom community observed the 67th Phom Day (triennial peace submit of Phom citizens) on June 6 at local football ground, Longleng. 

The event held on the theme, “Embracing peace and sharing peace within”, was graced by chief secretary and finance commissioner, Temjen Toy. 

In his speech, Toy lauded the peace loving Phom citizens for preserving the day in a special and unique way. He said peace was significant not just for the Phom citizens but for the Nagas and also for the rest of the world, who were bounded under countless conflicts.

He reminded the gathering that in the days of forefathers, forgiveness and showing mercy towards the fellow being were considered a “coward act”, where “slashing of heads, raiding and burning down of villages were accepted phenomenon of time”. 

However, through the plans and everlasting love of God, some of the pioneering leaders of Phoms stood up and risked their lives and laid the foundation of peace which the present generation is enjoying.

In this regard, Toy called upon the Phoms to remember their leaders with reverence and solemnity for the seeds of peace they have sown, and as recipients of their sacrifices and peace effort. He also urged them to become agents in spreading peace to all tribes and nations. 

He also recalled the story of Amur Falcon Conservation in Longleng which has contributed to its maximum to the global world. 

He further reminded the gathering that apart from “peace” they should also put efforts in facilitating the tasks of conserving the nature in every possible way. 

The 67th triennial Phom celebration was attended by neighbouring tribes like Ao Senden and Longchang Village (Konyak), where the two tribes also presented peace building folk dances.

Highlights of the day included, special music by Inyiushong Band; cultural dance by Sakshi village; towards 75 years: a play by Tamlu village; peace building folk dance by Ao Senden; this is our voice by Phomla Hoichem; peace folk dance by Longching village, Konyak etc. 

It may be noted that the Phom Day marks the end of head hunting era and beginning of peace, unity and oneness in Phom land. 

It was on June 6, 1952 that the pioneering leaders of the Phom community committed their lives to put a complete halt to all conflicts and pledged themselves to be peaceful.

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