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Moatsu celebrated in Chuchuyimlang, Dimapur

(left)Chief guest, planning minister, T.R Zeliang (centre), chairman NIDC, Nuklutoshi (right) and chairman NSMDC, Kipilli Sangtam along with Moatsu revelers in Chuchuyimlang on Friday. Nagaland home minister, Imkong. L. Imchen (right) and DC, Dimapur Maongwati (left) join a women cultural troupe in Dimapur, Friday. (NP)
Correspondent/Staff Reporter CHUCHUYIMLANG/dIMAPUR, MAY 1(NPN):
Published on 2 May. 2009 12:53 AM IST
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Moatsu Mong, the premier festival of the Aos, occurring every year just after the sowing season was celebrated in different parts of the state with traditional fervour, pomp and gaiety and merry-making. Normally, , ‘Moatsü’ is marked by a three-day festivities to invoke the blessings of “Lijaba” for a plentiful harvest. The main festival was celebrated at Chuchuyimlang, designated as a tourist hub where minister for Planning & Co-ordination, T.R. Zeliang graced the festival as the chief guest attended by senior officials from the Planning Commission- Firoze Mehrotra IAS Principal Advisor Planning Commission, Jayati Chandra, IAS Secretary Youth Affairs government of India and Brohmo Chaudury Advisor (SP, NE). In his speech, Zeliang said the annual celebration of the festival at Chuchuyimpang village has become a significant event in Nagaland both from the point of culture and tradition and also from the aspect of tourism. The minister asserted that the forefathers observed such festivals with purity and dignity and called upon the present generation to adopt the same attitude. “Our forefathers celebrated festivals not for self gratification but with sharing. But Nagas at present are becoming more individualistic, selfish and greedy,” he lamented. He pointed out that modernization has seeped into Naga society, creating confusion and urged Nagas to rededicate themselves to restructuring their lives so as to cope up with the present day problems and at the same time, remain rooted in the rich culture and tradition. He said that the Nagaland government, for this reason, was actively promoting community participation in all the processes of development as the government supported the growth of VDBs and the process of communitization. The minister said though the DAN government was “deeply concerned” about the development of the state, yet development in the true sense, could take place only through the efforts and initiatives of the people. He said that the government could at the most, provide the necessary infrastructure and some quantum of support but that the rest depended on the people. Zeliang said that though Nagaland has progressed tremendously in the last four and half decades of statehood, much more needed to be done. He lauded the Chuchuyimlang villagers for their commendable job and efforts in rejuvenating the festivity and hoped that the efforts made by the villagers in celebrating the festival annually would attract tourists from abroad as well as from different parts of the country The chief guest also expressed gratitude to Firoza Mehrotra and Jayati Chandra for attending the Moatsü celebration as the guests of honor. He acknowledged the support extended to Nagaland by Jayati and hoped that she would further help the state to develop and grow along with the rest of the country. He said their presence in the celebration was an encouragement and added that it was now up to the people of Nagaland to reciprocate “with our sincere efforts to grow and progress with the generous assistance of the government of India. The planning minister on behalf of the state chief minister and the DAN goverment assured the people of Chuchuyimlang to extend all support for the promotion of the Moatsü festival in Chuchuyimlang village. Also speaking on the occasion, additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Alemtemshi who led the Planning Commission members to Mokokchung district, expressed gratitude to the Planning Commission officials for their generous assistance to the Nagaland government. He also called upon the villagers to make the Moatsu festival a part of the tourism circuit. Highlights of the program included presentation of dances and songs by various cultural troupes. According to an official bulletin, the day long celebration was attended by chairman NIDC, Nuklutoshi, chairman NSMDC, Kipili Sangtam, senior government officials and neighbouring villagers from Longra and Yangpi (Chang tribe), Yaong Yimchen (Phom tribe) etc. who also performed dances and presented songs. Meanwhile, in Dimapur the Moatsü festival was celebrated at Senden Reju, organised by the Ongpangkong Senso Telongjem. Nagaland home minister, Imkong. L. Imchen who was the chief guest, in his speech encouraged the people to preserve their cultural heritage. He emphasized on the significance of celebrating such festivals to achieve social integration where the contribution of all individuals was needed. He told the gathering that such festivities demonstrated the beauty of unity among the Nagas. Earlier, the chief guest was escorted by Kubza and Mokokchung Senso telongjem, Dimapur up to the podium. DC, Dimapur Maongwati exhorted the crowd to unite and urged them to give up the bad cultures and bring in the good ones. MLA, Imtisungit also spoke on the occasion. The programme started with an invocation by Pastor, DABA Rev. N. Tzudir which was followed by a cultural dance performed by the Opangkongtsur Telongjem, The second session of the celebration included varieties of cultural show from various troupes. The Longsa Senso Telongjem, Dimapur presented a dance signifying a bridge building between the heaven and earth. Benediction was pronounced by Associate Pastor, DABA Watitoshi Kichu.

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