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Mithun procession, cultural extravaganza, sumptuous meals mark Dimapur Ahuna fest

DIMAPUR, NOV 14 (NPN)(Staff Reporter )
Published on 15 Nov. 2012 12:43 AM IST
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Even as thousands of people began thronging Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC) stadium for the gala celebration of the Sümi festival Ahuna, another attraction of the festival drew the attention and appreciation of those who witnessed the celebration.

The “Mithun” procession (an animal that signified social and economic prosperity among Sümi community) began at 9 a.m. from three points starting from Purana Bazaar, Thilixu and Thahekhu with one “Mithun” each from each point and finally converged at DDSC stadium.

As the celebration began, one “Mithun” each was gifted to the state governor Nikhil Kumar, Ahuna ‘papuh’ Ihezhe Zhimomi and ENPO president Pongom Khiamniungan.

As a gesture of appreciation, the governor announced that though he wanted to take the “Mithun” with him to the Raj Bhavan where he could look after it but felt that it would be more appropriate for him that it should go to the organizer of the mega event. The governor gifted back the “Mithun” to WSYF. 

Ahuna ‘papuh’ Ihezhe Zhimomi on the other hand decided to donate the “Mithun” to the National Research Centre on Mithun (ICAR), Jharnapani for research purpose and promised that he would bear its transportation charge too.

Cultural items signifying unity among brothers, strength and vigour of Sümi warriors were performed during the celebration by troupes representing nine areas under Western Sumi. However, youth from Zutovi village with their indigenous game “Imu nopi sujo sujo” stole the limelight.

Another attraction of the day was the distribution of packed Ahuna food to all.  Momentos as token of appreciation were presented to all 23 Sümi entrepreneurs for sponsoring the festival.

‘Ahuna Papuh’ highlighted the significance of the Ahuna celebration while the cooking of freshly harvested rice in a bamboo by the fire was demonstrated to the spectators.

Asked if the event was organized up to the expectation, WSYF publicity and media cell convener Dr. Khekugha Muru told Nagaland Post that it was “beyond the expectation” and expressed happiness over the successful event. 

Others who attended the festival included Rajaya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi, MLA Azheto Zhimomi, former chief minister MLA K.L Chishi, commissioner secretary, tourism Himato Zhimomi, village elders and a host of bureaucrats.

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