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Indigenous displays mark Sekrenyi

Traditional troupes of Kohima village at the Sekrenyi festival, Kohima, Friday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Feb. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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Traditional music and dances, display of indigenous games and sound of gun shots filled the Kohima local ground Friday as Angamis celebrated Sekrenyi Festival on the theme “sanctification of the body, soul and spirit.”
Nagaland minister for forest and excise, M.C. Konyak, who was the chief guest for the occasion, said that “sanctification of body, soul and spirit” was reflection of wisdom and balanced lifestyle of forefathers that had enabled the growth of Naga culture and heritage.
Maintaining that such “social discipline” was lacking in the present day, the minister called upon the youths to dig deeper into culture and imbibe qualities such as respect for elders, maintenance of brotherly relations and conservation of environment.
Considering the Angamis as a “visionary tribe”, with qualities of sincerity and hard work and influence on Naga society, M.C. Konyak urged Angamis to utilize their blessings judiciously for their benefit and other Naga tribes also.
The minister further lauded Angami civil organizations for initiating to promote conservation of environment by banning hunting, fishing and burning of jungles. Stating that such was a noble movement, the minister for forest further assured the assistance in conserving environment.
Advisor IT&C Vikho-o Yhoshü, while welcoming guests, called upon the gathering to rededicate themselves to work for tranquility and brotherhood in the land.
Delivering Sekrenyi greetings, Angami Public Organization president Kekhriengulie Linyü said Sekrenyi was a time for cleansing and purification from the past.
Sekrenyi blessings was pronounced by Southern Angami GBs’ Association president Chatuo Paphino, while songs were presented by The Alder Club, Khonoma, and Kenei and Menguseü.
The festival was attended by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio and other cabinet ministers, senior government officials, well wishers and Angamis from all Angami regions.
The festival was organized by Mhiesizokho Zinyü, advisor APO.

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