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Chakhesangs celebrate Tsükhenye in Dimapur, Kohima

(L) Bade village cultural troupe presenting a folk tune at DDSC Stadium Dimapur on Saturday. A cultural troupe presenting folk song at the ZAWUK silver jubilee cum Tsukhenye festival at Kisama, Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, APR 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Apr. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Tsükhenye, a Chakhesang festival marking the end of festivities and depicting the beginning of a new season of plantation was celebrated Saturday in Dimapur and Kohima with great pomp and joy. The festival is also observed to celebrate the youth and to justify the righteous while convicting wrongdoers.
In Dimapur, over 9000 Chakhesangs gathered at DDSC Stadium to celebrate the festival on the theme ‘Unity our Strength’ graced by minister for health & family welfare, Kuzholuzo Nienu as chief guest and W. Krome, the first Chakhesang legislator as Feast Father.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest stressed on the two main dialects ‘Chokri’ and ‘Kuzhale’ spoken by the Chakhesang tribe. He urged the community not to take the separate dialects as a disadvantage but to use it as tools and a process of education. Stating that courage and honesty were the true identity of the Chakhesang tribe, Azo called upon the community to unite in their identity and coordinate with one another in upholding the theme of the celebration. He said that the celebration in Dimapur was organized to create unity among the community.
Others who spoke during the programme included former MP, M. Vero; parliamentary secretary for social welfare & women development, Chotisuh Sazo; state planning board deputy chairman, Neiba Kronu; advisor for science & technology, RR, art & culture, Deo Nukhu; former ministers Z. Lohe and N. Theyo.
Indigenous/folk songs, folk dances, wrestling and cultural attire exhibition were some of the main highlights of the festival. The celebration was organized by Chakhesang Hoho Dimapur District and sponsored by state legislators Kuzholuzo Nienu, Chotisuh Sazo, Neiba Kronu, Deo Nukhu and Yitachu T. Sharu. Former state chief minister & MLA, K.L. Chishi, DMC councilors, Chakhesang Public Organization members and delegates from Phek, Pfutsero, Chizami, Chozuba and Kohima also attended the festival.
In Kohima, Tsükhenye festival was celebrated along with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Zuketsa Area Welfare Union Kohima (ZAWUK) at Naga Heritage complex Kisama. Speaking on the occasion, NPMHR activist and member of Forum for Naga Reconciliation, Neingulo Krome said Nagas have one history, would have one future and that those who have suffered less or enjoyed more in the Naga struggle have the obligation to contribute a little more than others in the present. He, however, added this did not mean that those who have suffered much should take rest now.
“We are now fighting a much harder and difficult war through peace where words are used instead of bullets in a situation where everybody thinks they are right and everyone considers themselves most important basking in the glory of those who actually fought and won laurels,” he said.
He lauded the pioneers of ZAWUK for taking care of their collective well being for the last 25 years. The daylong celebration was also marked by presentations of various cultural programmes.
by cultural troupes from the three constituent villages of the union and also Tsukhenye beauty contest followed by grand feast.

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