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State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio inaugurating the Phiisachodumi village gate. (NP)
Correspondent PHIISACHODUMI (PHEK), JAN 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Jan. 2009 1:49 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio has called upon the Nagas to preserve their unique identity and to document traditional flavors such as spices, vegetables, recipes and food habits into a book form so that future generations would not abandon “our traditional culture”. Rio was speaking at the Siihkriinye festival celebration in Phiisachodumi Village on Friday as the chief guest. Rio maintained that Nagaland was a land of festivals and that the various Naga tribes celebrate festivals almost every month throughout the year. He said the NPF led DAN government had also adopted the indigenous Mithun as the icon of Naga identity and also the logo of the state government. He said indigenous stocks such as Mithun should be preserved for prosperity and posterity. Rio lauded the efforts of the Phiisachodumi village for their solidarity and unity and further extended greetings to the Chakhesangs on the occasion of Siihkriinye festival Earlier, the chief minister also inaugurated the village gate upon his arrival. In his welcome address, parliamentary secretary, social welfare and women development Chotisiih Sazo gave a brief account of Phiisachodumi village which he hailed from. He informed that the village was located at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level and was home to 7000 people with 1300 house hold. Phiisachodumi is one of the biggest villages of the Chakhesangs and is 78 kilometers away from Kohima. Sazo said in earlier days, the Siihkriinye festival was celebrated to sanctify young boys and girls and also to seek blessings for a bountiful and prosperous year ahead. Deputy Commandant 4th NAP, Vekhosa Khotso spoke on the significance of Siihkriinye festival. Ex-MP, Padma Shree M. Vero also exhorted the gathering. Highlights of the programme included cultural exhibition, folk songs, singing of the village anthem etc.

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