Cultural event , various competitions mark the 7th day of Hornbill Festival

Cultural event , various competitions mark the 7th day of Hornbill Festival
Correspondent KOHIMA DEC 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/7/2019 11:36:41 AM IST

Cultural performances from the 17 tribes of Nagaland and various competitions like Naga King Chilli eating competition, Pineapple eating competition, Go Cart competition etc marked the 7th day of the ongoing 20th Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage village, Kisama on Saturday.

Naga King Chilli eating competition: Moba Chang from Tuensang district was declared winner of the Naga King Chilli eating competition after consuming seven chillies in 15 seconds. The event was part of the ongoing Hornbill Festival’s 7th day at Kisama on Saturday evening.

The Naga King Chilli Eating competition was organized by the department of Horticulture, where a total of nine participants including five from the tourist category took part in the competition.

Nathan from Australia who ate four king chillies was declared winner of the tourist category.

For the local category, the second prize was bagged by Vepozo from Phek district who consumed five pieces while the third prize was bagged by Thonjai from Mon district who ate 3 pieces. 

Naga Chilli or Raja Mircha is an indigenous crop of the state which is believed to have originated from the Zeliang area of Nagaland and is extensively grown in Peren, Mon, Kohima and Dimapur.  The Naga Chilli was the first crop from the state to be given the GI tag and is one of the hottest known Chillies in the world. 

The Naga Chilli Eating Competition made its debut in the 11th edition of the annual Hornbill Festival in the year 2010 and the Naga Chilli Eating Competition has become a signature event of the annual Hornbill Festival, which attracts visitors both local and foreign to have a duel with one of the hottest Chillies in the world. 

Naga king chilli is also one of the major crowd favourite as people thronged in thousands to watch the participants put up a strong fight with the Naga Chilli.  

Pineapple eating competition: Pineapple eating competition was also held at Kohima Hornbill Festival, Kisama on Saturday evening organised by department of Horticulture.  

The pineapple competition was to create awareness of the important fruit and to create a brand for the Naga Pineapple to the outside world. Pineapples are one of the most important commercial grown fruit crops in Nagaland and are grown in almost all the district out of which Dimapur and Peren District are well known. 

A total of 10 participants took part in the event for the tourists’ category where Bharat Doongarwal was adjudged as the winner for the competition.

Go Cart competition: Ngopisa Kotso and Ngosal Pucho emerged as champion of the 3rd indigenous Go Cart competition organized by Go Travels and LIC as event partner in collaboration with Tourism Department as part of the Hornbill Festival to promote indigenous games in the state on Saturday. The competition started from PHQ junction BOC and culminated at Old MLA junction Kohima.

The champions received one gear cycle each. The second prize was bagged by S. Mongtsoa Lam and Sangtsoi T who received a gear cycle each, while the third prize was bagged by Kevizokho Kaima and Mhasiseto Chütso who received BMX cycle each.

The best cart design was bagged by Vizolie K Angami and Menguzotuo Chielie and the most promising duo were bagged by Noketo Temi and Tepekedi Kotso. They all received cash prize and certificate. Altogether, 28 persons (14 teams) participated in the competition.

Earlier, the competition was flagged off at the starting point by LIC manager Kohima, R. Jamir.

Chanki youth display Hekko traditional game: Youth Resources and Sports department presented a traditional game called ‘Hekko’ demonstrated by the Changki village of Mokokchung district at the Naga Heritage village, Kisama on 7th day of the Hornbill Festival.

The word ‘Hekko’ meaning ‘Daring the Tiger’ is an indigenous group game played by natives of Changki village. It is believed that since time immemorial, their ancestors ‘Ami’ (human) and animals coexisted as a village community without distinctions. ‘Akho’ (Tiger) was regarded as the eldest as well as the most powerful but when ‘ami’ challenged the might of the tiger, the challenge came to be known as ‘Hekko”-Hek means to dare and Kho means tiger. 

Through this game, the bravest and the most heroic men in the village are identified. 

In the olden times, a circle used to be demarcated in front of the village court house where the players were divided into two groups namely ‘Ami (men) Akho (tiger) groups. 

The ‘Ami’ group was made to position inside the demarcated circle to be attacked by the ‘Akho’ group. 

The most agile member of the ‘Ami’ group, whose leadership was crucial in the group’s defence against the tiger’s attack, was awarded with the title ‘Khozuba’. 

Similarly from the ‘Akho’ group, the most tenacious and indomitable was awarded with the title ‘Khotiba’.


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