To create awareness and encourage mass or joint marriages in present Naga society and to build an effort to educate the present mind set of marriage practices a one day seminar was organized by Dongphi Chokae Okho (passionate group for change) at Kyong Ki, on Saturday.
Dwelling on the subject mass marriage, Rev. Noklen Longkumer, Pastor Ungma Baptist Church said unhealthy practices due to traditional practices and ignorance continued to play a major role even in the present Naga society and thus traditional practices has been effecting severely both the intending couples as well as the community.
Pointing out that the Naga society needed to go for a big time change, Rev Noklen said constant change was required for church and community to move forward and to adapt with the fast changing environment. He however stated that change required a challenge and consultation and interaction with the people was an important aspect to go for such change in the customs which was so deeply rooted in the Naga society.
Rev Noklen dwelling on the positive aspect of mass marriage pointed out that such practice benefits the community to save time where every family of the intending couples could be present in mass wedding ceremony and in terms of expenses moreover it creates a healthy compitative spirit towards a strong family and to establish a harmonious relation among the couples as they come in contact often.
Stating that the mass marriage had become the order of the present generation to encourage many others to cope up with many who are not in sound financial conditions, Rev. Noklen appealed to all especially the pastors of different churches to accept the new challenges as a good opportunity to create more open and wider understanding in the community.
The speaker of the session, Rev. Dr. Nrio Ezung, Executive Secretary KBES said that joint or mass marriage is also one of the medicines to heal the society. Stating that marriage is a covenant between two human beings in holiness, Dr. Nrio said that these days marriage has transformed to political unions and has become commercial aspects in our present society, which has become the greatest problem in our Naga society in the present juncture.
Talking about the forefather’s practices and traditions, he said if those practices were to remain in that level which our forefathers have initiated, it would have been the best system which is very much applicable however he regretted the fact that the marriage practices has evolved with the times. Dr. Nrio also said that a practice such as joint or mass marriage does not contradict the biblical teachings or the traditions of the church.
Earlier pastor K. Chumben Kyong invocate God’s blessing on the gathering, special numbers Meribeni Patton and A. Tsenlamo Kikon presented special numbers. The session also witnessed active interaction session after each presentation.