Mokokchung to host first mini Hornbill Festival

Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, JUL 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/19/2018 12:04:12 AM IST
Mokokchung will be the first district in the State to host the mini Hornbill Festival and which is being christened “Tsungremmong Hornbill Festival – Celebrating our Roots”. The festival will be held at Imkongmeren Sports Complex here from August 1 to 3 to coincide with the Ao pre-harvest festival of Tsungremmong. 
Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung Sachin Jaiswal made the announcement a press conference here on Wednesday. He said the three-day event would primarily focus on the cultural aspect with cultural troupes from all six ranges of the district taking part in it. Other tribes to participate include Sangtam and Sumi cultural troupes he added
According to the DC, the main programme would held be on the second day where chief minister Neiphiu Rio, deputy chief minister Y Patton and a host of ministers and MLAs are expected to attend. Two Central ministers are also expected to attend the event, he added.
Jaiswal informed the media that formal invitations would also be sent to DCs and SPs of Jorhat and Sivasagar districts of Assam seeking their attendance at the cultural extravaganza, besides confirming that two cultural troupes from Assam would perform at the main programme on the second day.
The DC said apex tribal bodies like Ao Senden, Watsu Mungdang, AKM, etc, would be conducting events like tug of war competition among all the wards of Mokokchung, indigenous games, cooking competition, six-a-side barefoot football competition, dance competition, Ao song singing competition, motorsports, showcasing of Ao traditional attires and ornaments, etc.
The decision to hold ‘Mini Hornbill Festivals’ coinciding with festivals of every tribe in all 11 districts stemmed from suggestions not to concentrate all events of the Hornbill Festival only in Kohima.

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