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Day-2 of Aoleang & Mini-Hornbill celebrations in Mon

Correspondent MON, APR 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/4/2019 12:32:59 PM IST

The second day of Aoleang & Mini-Hornbill festival celebrations in Mon began with pulling of Log-Drum by Mon villagers, proceeding from NST Colony Junction to Local Ground through the main town. On reaching the destination, traditional blessings were invoked by the chief angh of Mon Village.

Speaking at a program for the Log-Drum Pulling Ceremony, guest of honor Brigadier Suresh Sheoran, Commander 7 Sector Assam Rifles Tuensang, laid emphasis on peace for co-existence and development. According to him, peace is the only thing in the world that leads to progress and prosperity.

He pointed out that the Assam Rifles was doing everything possible to promote peace in the region but lamented that right now, this effort was a ‘one way traffic’. Brigadier Sheoran, therefore, sought the cooperation of the general masses and asked them to approach the AR whenever they need help.

Sheoran also highlighted some community services and assistance initiatives the AR has undertaken, like water schemes, community hall construction, health camps, student tours etc.

He also brought up how out of 49 students coached by the AR for admission into Sainik School Punglwa, 34 students cleared the test. These students will be sponsored by the AR he said and urged other students who wanted to join Sainik School, or involve in skill development, or wanted to join the Indian army, to approach the AR for assistance.

Further he also urged parents and elders to teach their youth to avoid drugs and other anti-social elements. The Brigadier donated Rs. 1 Lakh to the Konyak Union on the occasion.

Speaking as the special invitee, Ao Senden president, Chubawati Longchar, said that relations between the Ao and Konyak tribes were not a new phenomenon. “Our elders used to say ‘There in the far east is where our brothers, with rich cultures and traditions, settled’,” Chubawati stated.

Urging the gathering to join hands to rebuild the age old relationships, Chubawati called for the celebration to be a day to rebuild the relations that had started diminishing in the course of time. “Let this be a new beginning to move forward together and bring changes as responsible citizens, not as Aos or Konyaks, but as Nagas” he added.

The highlights of the day were Cultural troupe displays by Phom Union Mon Town, Log drum beating display by Chi Union, Longkei Union, Longwa Union, Tobu Union, Chen Union and Mopong Hongkong.

Konyaks in Kohima celebrate Aoleang festival

Correspondent

KOHIMA, APR 4 (NPN): Konyaks celebrated Aoleang festival with pomp and gaity at the state capital in a celebration program organized by Konyak Union Kohima, with principal secretary to chief minister, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, DUDA, Works and Housing, Lhoubeilatuo Kire, as the special guest, at NSF Solidarity Park, Kohima on Thursday.

Kire, in his address said Nagas have various festivals all linked to the land and fields. Aoleang, he said, is also one of these festivals celebrating seed sowing and invoking God’s abundant blessings. Kire lauded the Konyak community and appreciated the initiative and special focus on Konyak women who married outside the community, and opined that other communities also need to emulate this.  

Praising Naga culture, he said that the Nagas should be proud of their traditional cuisine, songs, culture etc. and stressed on the need to preserve them. He also advocated for the practice and preservation of culture and values like respect for elders, honesty, hard work etc. so that the outside world may recognize the Nagas for these qualities.

Additional secretary to the government of Nagaland, Honje Konyak, in his address on the significance of the Aoleang festival said that the Aoleang Monyu festival is the biggest traditional festival of the Konyaks which is celebrated for six days. He said Aoleang festival marks the end of a year and heralds a coming of a new year, and so it can also be considered a New Year festival. Konyak said the main object of Aoleang is to celebrate Wangwan, the divine spirit of blessings, with praising, singing, dancing, eating and drinking.

The program was compeered by Pemei and Sharon; NBCC finance secretary, Rev. Yamyap Konyak said the invocation prayer; a welcome address delivered by Konyak Union Kohima president, Dr. Phola; Yinyihpa delivered an exhortation; and Nyamnyei presented a special song. The celebratory program was marked with cultural dances and songs  presented by Chen, Tobu, Mon Circle, Wakching and Aboi Üneo Longchang units. A vote of thanks was proposed by Khongjah general secretary KUK, and the benediction prayer was said by H. Moba.

The program was attended by thousands of Konyak citizens of Kohima Town, various tribal hoho leaders, government officials, in-laws of the Konyak community, their children and other well wishers.

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