Colourful events mark the 5th day of Hornbill Festival

Correspondents KOHIMA, DEC 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/5/2019 12:02:12 PM IST

Fifth day of the ongoing ten-day Hornbill Festival was marked by the celebration of 2nd Nagaland Honey Bee Day, inaugural of 2nd MyKiFest 2019, screening of the highly anticipated film “Axone” and cultural extravaganza by cultural troupes of 17 different tribes among others.

The festival venue, Naga Heritage Village, Kisama was thronged by thousands of visitors who came to witness the rich tradition and culture of the Nagas.

2nd Nagaland Honey Bee Day: The 2nd Nagaland Honey Bee Day organised by Nagaland Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) with support from North East Council (NEC) was celebrated under the theme, “Save Bee Save Life” at the Heritage, Old DC Bungalow, Kohima, Thursday.

Speaking at the event, chief secretary of Nagaland Temjen Toy said every household in Nagaland is a “potential beekeeper” and urged Nagaland Beekeeping & Honey Mission to take extra effort in promoting beekeeping in state to produce more honey and to make Nagaland a “honey destination”. 

Toy, who graced the function as the chief patron, also expressed gratitude to the pioneer of the mission for successful beekeeping activities. 

Pointing out that Nagaland beekeepers produce around 430 metric tonnes of honey, Toy said if more efforts were put in then the state could produce more.

NBHM chairman, Ntsemo Ngullie said bee plays a vital role in the ecosystem and that to save bees was to save the ecosystem and all the life forms it supports. 

Through the event’s theme, Ngullie said NBHM aims to send a strong message for the survival of bees and to find sustainable solutions to factors that threaten their survival. 

He then said Nagaland was truly blessed with abundance of natural resources and urged upon the beekeepers to recharge and be motivated to forge ahead with renewed zeal to make Nagaland a “beekeeping hub and honey destination”.

NBHM team member, Bokali Chikhe said that so far NBHM has trained 15450 beekeepers and added that there are more potential beekeepers.

A documentary on rearing of stingless bees in Nagaland titled “My Bees are Stingless” was screened and beekeepers, Khekato Jimomi from Sataka old, Zunheboto district, Kevizelie Pienyü from Nerhema, Kohima district and Cirayi Nyekha from Khutsa village, Phek district shared their success story. 

Cirayi Nyekha from Khutsa village of Phek district was awarded the best beekeeper for the state level and Yakor Village, Tuensang was awarded the best beekeeping committee; the district awards were also given to the best keeper under each district.

Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi also inspected the stalls that were put up at the venue.

2nd MyKiFest 2019: With the aim to celebrate the contributions of women in the socio-economic development of the state, an event titled “2nd MyKiFest 2019” organised by department of Women Resource Development (WRD) got underway at WRD office Bayavü Colony Kohima, Thursday. The fest is part of the Hornbill festival and will conclude on December 6. 

In the fest, locally made products by the women cultivators, farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs, professional, homemakers etc. were displayed and sold. 

Additional director & HoD WRD department, Vilone Sakhrie, said the department envisages promoting local products by women and that the department encourages women to produce more so that it would be exported.

He also shared the various success stories of various women entrepreneurs under the initiative of the department. 

Speaking to Nagaland post, Manle Konyak, a recipient of Governor Award, said her children help her in making necklaces, bracelets, handloom products for both men and women.

Konyak said she did not acquire any formal training but learnt the art from her elders when she was young. 

Asked whether she received any aid from the government to further her trade, Konyak lamented that though she was a Governor Award recipient, so far, she has not received any aid from the government.

Many women entrepreneurs, farmers, Self Help Groups, artisans etc. are taking part in the fest which starts from 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m.

On Thursday evening Mahila band (IR) Nagaland entertained the visitors. On December 6, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. artistes namely Arenchenla Walling, Konthunglo Ngullie, Thekakhrienuo Angel Suohu, Holinla Yim and Angulie Pochury will be performing.

Cultural Connect: Cultural troupes of 17 different tribes performed at the ongoing Cultural Connect- cultural extravaganza of Hornbill Festival on the fifth day of the ten-day celebration.

The morning session of the cultural extravaganza was graced by 5 times Indian National Rally Champion and 2000 Asia Zone Rally Champion, Hari Singh, Major General IG AR (North) P.C. Nair and special ADG CRPF, Arun Kumar Sharma. The evening session of the cultural programme was graced by marketing director, JK Tyre & Ind Ltd. Vikram Malhotra.

The Sumi cultural troupe from Tichipami village presented a paddy sowing ritual known as “aghixu chine eno ghixu ghili” while the Kuki cultural troupe preformed the “shuta lam” dance. 

The Zeliang, Mount N-Gaulo cultural troupe played the trumpet called “Tekie” and the Pochury cultural troupe sang a folk song called “putsa khi, zhutsa khi”

The Ao cultural troupe demonstrated paddy threshing called “mo anetba” while the traditional archery game called “singthsalu kyamülitaba” was demonstrated by the Sangtam cultural troupe.

The Yimchungrü cultural troupe performed the millet harvesting song called “oh lo ha lo” and the Rengma cultural troupe performed a folk song called “ngada khwe”.

The Kachari cultural troupe performed a folk dance called “daosri delai” and the Chang cultural troupe performed a folk song called “kong- kiepu”.

Traditional method of healing called “montsai” was demonstrated by the Lotha cultural troupe and the Phom cultural troupe performed a folk song and dance called “mai asho”.

A traditional game called “khuthuokeva” (spinning a top made of wood) was performed by the Angami cultural troupe from Khonoma village. 

The Mopong Hongkong Yalam of the Konyak cultural troupe performed a song about the indigenous way of fetching water. The traditional marriage called “paosopo hiyam” was enacted by the Khiamniungan cultural troupe.

The Chakhesang cultural troupe performed a song “hetiti lizo” dedicated to the cuckoo (cuckoo) bird and “wapang kala” a traditional game of the Garo was performed by Garo cultural troupe from Darogapathar village.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, Arun Kumar Sharma conveyed happiness on being part of the festival and lauded the state government particularly the Tourism department for hosting such a spectacular festival.

He lauded Nagas for preserving and promoting their culture and traditions and reliving it through festivals. Sharma also hoped that Nagas would continue to promote harmony.

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