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Mongmong celebrated in Kiphire, Dimapur

Minister, G. Kaito Aye addressing a gathering at Tsithrongse village. Singrep villagers presenting folk dance at Mongmong festival in Kiphire. (NP)
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KIPHIRE, SEPT 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Sep. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Mongmong, the premier festival of Sangtam tribe, was celebrated in Kiphire and Dimapur on Friday.
Mongmong festival in Kiphire was celebrated with neighboring villagers that filled the public ground Kiphire today. DC Kiphire C.M. Tsanglao graced the Mongmong festival as chief guest at Kiphire town.
Speaking at the occasion, DC said law and order situation in Kiphire was in peaceful mode and that festival was the day of forgive and forget among friends. He also said misunderstanding should be washed out between friends while celebrating Mongmong festival. He also maintained that preserving tribal identity like, cultural dress, tradition and language was the most important thing to be considered and should be practiced in ones daily life.
Brief key note on the significance of Mongmong festival was delivered by Yangkyumong Hd. GB of Kiphire. Others those who spoke on the occasion were Likhumba Y President USSC, Lutoli Sangtam President AST and R. L. Akamba Ex. MLA and vote of thanks were pronounced by Thsithrongkyu chairman action committee USLB.
Other highlights of the program were folk dance by Tikhir Community Kiphire, Sumi Community Kiphire (women group), Singrep Village, Longkhim-Chari Union (women Group) Kiphire followed by cultural competition on traditional fire making, top spinning and arrow shooting. The festival concluded by Mongmong feast at Government High School Campus Kiphire.
DC was accompanied by SP Kiphire, additional SP Kiphire SDPO Kiphire, SDO (C) Kiphire Hq, SDO(C) Pungro, medical officers, army officers, other officers of Kiphire district and invitees.
Kaito calls for peace through festivities
Minister for roads and bridges, G. Kaito Aye on Friday called upon the Nagas for making peace, treaty and spreading the message of goodwill through the festivals celebrated by them.
Addressing a gathering at Tsithrongse village celebrating the Mongmong festival of the Sangtams as chief guest, Aye stressed that peace and festival should go hand in hand and appealed the people to doing away with jealousies but to recognize each other. “Without peace, there is no festival,” he said.
Aye also said it was time for the Nagas to put away ego complexes, identify themselves as one people and be united adding that there was no advantage over remaining divided.
On the government’s road show, the minister said road show was also a part of development and called for mass people’s participation to promote one’s culture and festivals.
He urged the people to work towards bringing permanent peace to the land. Guest of honour, Azheto Zhimomi MLA advisor sericulture and co-operation also spoke at the programme. NSMDC chairman C. Kipili Sangtam also attended the programme.
Folks songs, dances and various other cultural programmes marked the Mongmong festival.
In Dimapur rain did deter villagers of Seyochung area living in Dimapur under the banner of Jingkhun Welfare Society from celebrating the festival on Friday at the residence of V. Kashiho Sangtam, at Burma Camp, Dimapur.
Er. Sao Sangtam, DUDA Kohima exhorted the gathering while Lithriba Sangtam shared the significance of the festival.
In other gatherings of the day, community members of Chare, Alisopur, Changchor, Langzang, Natsaru and PHSNS (Phiru Ahir, Holongpu, Sangsomong New and Sangsomong Old) held functions and feasts to mark the joyous occasion. A team of office bearers of Sangtam Union Dimapur, led by its president V. Kashiho Sangtam visited all the celebration venues in Dimapur.
Meanwhile, Oriental Theological College, (OTS) Yangli celebrated Sangtam Mongmong festival on September 3. Highlights of the programme included games and sport, Lipong Lecturer highlighted on the ‘significance of Mongmong’, short story about Mongmong was read out by Lithsarila B.Th-III followed by cultural dance were presented by college students. Principal Alem P. Thongru has thanked USBLA staff, Yangli community and OTC community for participating in the festival programme.

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