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Konyaks celebrate Aoleang Festival

(L-R) Nyeiwang Konyak, R. Tohanba, M.C. Konyak and Lalthara at the Aoleang festival in Mon. (DIPR) Konyak men display their muzzle loading guns. (NP)
Correspondent MON, APR 5 (NPN):
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Published on 6 Apr. 2011 12:08 AM IST
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Aoleang, the main festival of the Konyak’s was celebrated Tuesday at local ground, Mon town, with Tohanba, parliamentary secretary (I&PR, Economics and Statistics as the chief guest and Lalthara, chief secretary Nagaland as the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Thohanba pointed out that Konyaks were the first tribe to talk about the “Naga unity”. The Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization (ENPO) adopted the stand of the Konyaks and at present Nagas has finally stood for Naga unity which the Konyaks had initiated, he said.
He also said that the Konyaks are major tribe not only among the Eastern Nagaland but in the entire Naga tribes, and called upon the Konyaks to be firm in making any decisions and to maintain peace and unity among the Konyaks.
Tohanba also praised the uniqueness of the Konyaks who spoke approximately 53 different sub- dialects while maintaining peace and oneness among themselves. Asserting that, besides merry making and celebration Aoleang festival signifies peace, love and prosperity, Tohanba called upon the Koyaks to uphold the true spirit of Aoleang festival while celebrating and merry making.
He also informed that Road shows were organized for a government-people interface during tribal festivals in the state. This year the government has decided to promote tribal festivals to preserve the rich cultural heritage of various Nagas and to expose to the outside world.
He also urged upon the Konyaks to extend full cooperation and support to the DAN Government for all-round development.
Lalthara described Konyaks as original, intelligent, artistic and with a sense of humor. He said what was unique in the culture of the Konyaks, was it made Naga culture ‘rich and beautiful’.
Making an oblique reference to the ENPO demand for separate statehood, Lalthara pointed out that with the advance of technologies, the world has become a global village. In this context he said the people of European countries have come closer and burying the past differences. He exhorted the Konyaks to remain united with the rest of the Nagas and that separation of Konyaks or the Eastern Nagaland, Nagaland will become a part of Nagas.
Kaito, minister R &B, who couldn’t attend the occasion had his message read out at the function. Kaito in his message said the objective of the government was to forge unity among Naga brothers and therefore Aoleng was one tool where a message of peace and unity, harmonious living should be translated and spread to every Naga brothers and sisters.
The highlights of the day long celebration were cultural dance by various cultural troupes of Mon town and Aoleang feast.
Earlier, the chief guest and guest of honour was accorded a warm traditional welcome by the cultural troupes with the firing of muzzle loading guns and beating of the Gong and Log drums.
Welcome address was proposed by the chairman S. Khoiwang president, Konyak Union, invocation by Rev. J. Tenwang, district chaplain Mon, and significance of Konyak Aoleang was proposed by Hoka, ex-president Konyak Union. Vote of thanks was proposed by K. Tingnyei, ex-president Konyak Union.

 
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