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December Fest second edition commences

December Fest second edition commences
ADC Dimapur and DMC administrator lighting the torch at the inaugural programme of December Fest. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/16/2019 12:40:53 PM IST

The much awaited second edition December Fest organized with the objective of bringing different communities and denizens of Dimapur in one arena with the twin objective of “festivity” and “opportunity” to be realized in multiple way commenced Monday, at DDSC, Dimapur.  

The two-day fest is being organized by The Better Dimapur team in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation (DUCCF), GB Union Dimapur (GBUD), Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD) and Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU)

Delivering keynote address at the opening ceremony, Dimapur Municpal Council (DMC) administrator Albert Ezung maintained that Dimapur municipal area comprises of 23 wards consisting of 95 colonies and within the municipality, the population as per 2011 census stands at one lakh twenty two thousand, the number of household comprises of 29 thousand and the district figure stands at three lakh seventy eight thousand as per 2011 census. 

As per the 2001 census the population of Dimapur was one lakh sixty six thousand so within a decade there has been huge increase in population, showing an increase of 127 in terms of percentage with quantum increase over the ten years. As per the statistical handbook released by the directorate of Economics and Statistics the population projection of Dimapur district in 2021 stands at five lakhs forty five thousand, Ezung maintained. 

In this regard, Ezung asserted that the figure indicates an explosion in terms of population, infrastructural development and urbanisation. 

Ezung also spoke on the importance of sense of responsibility to ensure that “we” all live in healthy, clean and hygienic environment, responsibility to build and promote sense of brotherhood and peace amongst the different communities, colonies and villages. 

Ezung hopes that the endeavour to make Dimapur a better place increase through the participation of stakeholders. Furthermore, he urged the gathering to act as torch bearers to make Dimapur city, a city to be proud of.  

Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Dimapur, V Lovitoly Sema as special guest extended her appreciation towards the organizing committee for providing a platform to come together and enjoy the spirit of celebration of the season. She lauded the organizing team for providing a platform where people from different communities, religion, tribes and different backgrounds could be part of the fest and to keep back the differences. 

She was also optimistic that the fest will provide a platform for economic enhancement and therefore encouraged the young upcoming entrepreneurs and talented artistes. She encouraged them to avail this kind of opportunity to showcase their talents. 

She asserted that “community unity” was the basic foundation of a progressive society for growth, harmony and development. 

With the advancement of science and technology, people have become lazy and therefore Sema felt the need of organizing such events for balance growth and at the same time keep the youths occupied in constructive thoughts and channel their energy towards the right perspective.  

She also encouraged the participants to compete in the spirit of true sportsmanship as the ultimate thing is not about winning but participating and getting to know each other better. 

At the programme, special song was presented by winners of choir competition, December Fest 2018, Maple Tree School, lighting and oath taking ceremony, special presentation by Star Excellence Kindergarten and declaration of the fest open by the special guest. 

Programme was hosted by Bobita Rai and invocation prayer offered by Father’s House Church pastor Robert Ezung. 

Highlights of the fest included various competitions in categories for both men and women such as tug of war, Santa Claus competition; bamboo stilt race and pole climbing for men; penalty shoot-out for women, art competition, photography competition and penalty shoot-out competition.

Altogether, 15 stalls were set up at the venue offering myriad ethnic costumes, magnificent jewellery etc, besides mouth-watering cuisine from indigenous Naga dish to continental. The fest will culminate on December 17. 

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