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Ao Tsungremong celebration begins

(L) Parliamentary Secretary Pangnyu Phom (first Left), NIDC & NHL Chairman Nuklutoshi (2nd Right) and others proceeding for Tsungremmong feast at Chuchuyimlang,Friday. (NP)
NPN: Dimapur, 01 Aug 2008
Published on 2 Aug. 2008 12:22 AM IST
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'Tsüngremong' festival, a pre-harvest festival celebrated by the Aos during the first week of August every year to seek God's blessing for a rich harvest, started its celebration from today at Mokokchung. The festival was celebrated in many parts of the district including Mangmetong Yimlang Khel Ongpangkong Dobashi's Union, Dilong Yimden. At Mangmetong, the celebration was organized by the Yimlang Khel where Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen was the guest. In his speech, the Home Minister urged the people to uphold and preserve the rich Ao Naga cultural heritage. He also said "People who forget their culture and tradition are worthless". Meanwhile, celebration was also held at the Treasurer's Residence of Ongpangkong Dobashi's Union attended by representatives of Ao Senden, Watsu Mungdang, OKM and OM. ADC Mkg Smti Asenla Keitzar encouraged for the perseverance of the rich culture and traditions of our forefathers. The daylong celebration was marked by singing folk songs, performing cultural dances and tug-of-war.
DIMAPUR: Ao Senso Telongjem Chumukedima (ASTC) observed Tsungremmong festival on August 1 at Chumukedima town with Y. Hewoto Awomi, MLA, 4 Ghaspani-I A/C, as the chief guest.
Greeting the members of Ao community on the occasion, the chief guest said that even in the ancient times Naga people celebrated festivals not only to make merry or to mark social significance but also to seek blessing for prosperity in life, but now with Naga people embracing Christianity it is most appropriate for us to seek blessing for peace and prosperity to prevail upon the Nagas people.
Concerned over the prevailing situation of the Nagas society, MLA Hewoto said that the society in which Nagas are living today is gun culture and because of which there is no peace and harmony in the land.
"We talk about drug and alcohol abuse and HIV/AIDS as biggest threat to Nagas society but it is rather the syndrome of 'killing among Naga bothers' that is going to destroy the Nagas society", he added.
On the occasion, he called upon the people to celebrate the festival in true spirit and to pray for cultivation of peace and harmony in the land of Nagas for younger generations to come.
As a sign of love and affection, MLA donated a sum of Rs. 50,000 towards Ao Senso Telongjem Chumukedima.
He also handed over the certificates of Ao Students' Union Chumukedima (ASUC) which were given to meritorious students of academic year 2007-08. Colorful presentation of cultural items marked the occasion.
CHUCHUYIMLANG: Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development and REPA, Pangnyu Phom Friday graced Tsungremmong festival at Chuchuyimlang as chief guest. The occasion was also graced by NIDC and NHL Chairman, Nuklutoshi as guest of honour.
Speaking during the occasion, chief guest opined that Tsungremmong was an occasion for showing one's devotion and prayer to God for blessing and an occasion for the community to come together in total submission and humility to God.
Expounding on the aged relationship shared between Yachem, Yaongyimchen, Alayong, Noksosang and Chuchuyimlang villages, Pangnyu said that those villages had a unique historical background. He said the five villages were related by history, friendship and through strong relationships between individuals and community. In this regard, Pangnyu said "considering the background of our relationship, this occasion is a family gathering and Tsungremmong calls for strengthening of this relationship."
Parliamentary Secretary pointed out that Chuchuyimlang was a pioneering village in Ao tribe in almost every aspect of social and human fabric. He said that the first M.E school in Langpangkong was born in Chuchuyimlang thereby enlightening and educating numerous eminent leaders from Ao, Konyak and Phom tribes. Alluding to the establishment of Gandhi Ashram by Natwar Thakkar that propagated Gandhian philosophy that "work is worship", Pang

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