Men, women and children thronged to the Oasis, Nyamo Lotha colony to celebrate Naknyulem festival, the grand festival of the Chang community. Unlike other festivals, it is traditionally initiated by the womenfolk.
Most of them, including tiny tots, were dressed for the occasion in their traditional attire making the festival more colourful and ethnic. Sponsored by NEZCC, traditional games like ‘yan’(tops), and ‘wei’ were demonstrated besides playing musical instrument ‘Kongkin’ (Jewish harp) as a part of the festival. A group of Chang elders also entertained the gathering by enacting how Naknyulem festival was traditionally celebrated back in the day.
Gracing the festival as chief guest, Dimapur Municipal Council Chairman Khekaho Assumi called on the Chang community especially the youth to bring changes in the society and urged them to take advantage of our leader C.M Chang Lok Sabha MP in Delhi for not only bringing development for Nagas but seize the opportunity for the upliftment of the Changs. “There are crores of rupees in Delhi to be utilised for the people and the Chang community in particular should seize the opportunity and make projects for development”, Assumi said. He also urged them to extend support to the Lok Sabha MP for development in Nagaland adding that Changs should not consider themselves as ‘minority’ but should consider as ‘minority with quality.’
Significance of the festival and focal role of women in Naknyulem was briefed by Y.Beso Chejing, president GB Union Tuensang and Esther.
Earlier at the programme, invocation was pronounced by Rev. Mangyang while Convenor Naknyulem committee thanked the NEZCC director Hekali Zhimomi for the financial support and proprietor of Oasis for the facilities provided for the festival. Benediction was pronounced by Rev. S. Takam.
Besides a team of DMC councilors and members of Naga Council Dimapur, the festival was well attended by members of Eastern Naga Women Organisation Dimapur, Eastern Naga Peoples Unit Dimapur, in-laws, invitees and well-wishers.