Onam, the festival of Malayalis was celebrated in Dimapur with gaiety and traditional flavor at Town Hall Dimapur here on Sunday with Azheto Zhimomi, Advisor to Sericulture and Co-operation, Nagaland as chief guest and O.T. Chingmak NCS, Director, Food and Civil Supplies as guest of honour.
Greeting the Malayalis on the occasion of Onam, the festival of harvest, the chief guest Azheto Zhimomi asked the people of Kerala to continue to foster the good rapport shared between the Nagas and Malayalis. Zhimomi further praised the Malayalis for their contribution towards the field of education especially in the Naga society.
The guest of honour, O.T Chingmak NCS, Director Food and Civil Supplies speaking on the occasion said the festival of Onam was celebrated by all people irrespective of castes, race, religions by people of Kerala, which was unique amongst the festival being celebrated in India.
Chingmak also touched on the contribution made by Malayalis in the aspect of education from the very young age of Naga society when the education came in.
He lauded the Catholic Missionaries from Kerela for the service rendered to the society especially in the field of education, other social upliftment projects like health and various other fields.
Earlier the chief guest and guest of honour lightened the traditional lamp reflecting the light in every individual, followed by prayer song. Classical dance from Naveen John and Bismi Jose and a traditional Onam dance called ‘Thiruvathira’ from group of women. The programme also witnessed various items such as Onam raffle draw, musical comedy show, which is prominent in Malayalam society and prize distribution. The Kerala Samajan Dimapur also felicitated the highest scorer in the recent HSLC and HSSLC examinations from Dimapur district.