More reports on Tuluni festival celebration

More reports on Tuluni festival celebration
(L-R): G. Kaito Aye being presented traditional attire by Pimla Baptist Church. Mothers group of ZGKD presenting folk song. Dr. Sukhato and others at the Tuluni celebration at Lazami on July 8.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/9/2019 11:46:20 AM IST

Minister for Agriculture & Co-operaton, G. Kaito Aye encouraged the citizens of Pimla village to act as mediator to bring peace and harmony in the society and to maintain good communal bond with the neighbouring villages and tribes within its jurisdiction.

Kaito said this while addressing Tuluni festival as “Tuluni Papu” at Pimla village ground on July 8 organised by Pimla Baptish Church (PBC).  He emphasised on the importance of agricultural practices and encouraged the women folk of the village to make use of government funded societies like self help groups. He asked them to take up agriculture as the main source of income and livelihood.

Kaito also appreciated the dance troops, mostly the elders of the village, for demonstrating the old practices followed by the forefathers. He said that such presentations were very educative for the younger generation to know their roots and rich culture of the Sumis.

Other highlights of the programme were Kipitimi Aphile Kuwo and Totimi Athi Kuqole (cultural dances) by men and women troops respectively, Amalimi Kughulhu, Ami Kukula and Asu Kimiche.  

Meanwhile, the programme chaired by Livi Swu began with an invocation by pastor Pimla Baptist Church, Ahovi Achumi. Welcome address was delivered by head GB, P. Dohoi Swu and vote of thanks by Lughozhe Swu and benediction by associate pastor women PGBA, Kiyeshi Zhimo.

ZGKD: Zhekiye Village Community Dimapur (ZGKD) also celebrated Tuluni at Eralibill, Dimapur hosted by Er. N. Shikaho Zhimomi and his family on July 6. A press release from ZGKD chairman, Ghuvishe Zhimomi and secretary, Hutoka Chishi stated that, host Er, N. Shikaho Zhimomi in his welcome speech exhorted the gathering to develop and ponder more on the sense of loving, caring and harmony within the village community and Dimapur in particular. He added that progressive ideas/concept should be shared to one another for the betterment of society. 

Sumi Tuluni history and its significance were presented by Kuhoi P. Zhimomi, ex-chairman, ZGKD. 

Tuluni Folk Song (Lezhole) was presented by a group of fathers led by Visheto Chishi and cultural song (Thishole) was presented by mothers group led by Hekali A. Zhimomi and Mughalito S. Zhimomi. 

There was also competition on Akhetsu Kukulo Kukuxu (top spinning competition), Shulupa Kiche (head hunting spear throwing competition) and Ashi Kumuza (pork fat eating competition).

LIKL: Laza Iyinu Khel Lazami (LIKL) celebrated Tuluni festival under the theme “Reviving our culture and tradition” on July 8, with Dr. Sukhato A. Sema, Rtd. principal director, Health & Family Welfare as “Tuluni Papu”. 

A press release from Tuluni organising committee co-convenor, Vikato Swu stated that, Dr. Sukhato stressed on the importance of preserving cultural identity specially the originality of the dialect. He also asked the denizens of Lazami to coexist with neighbouring villages as it shares a boundary with Angamis, Chakhesangs and Rengmas. He further asked the young educated youths to not only seek government jobs but cultivate a work culture and be an entrepreneur.

Traditional Tuluni blessing was invoked by Ashu Kieto Pukho Swu, (90 years) the oldest man in the khel. Puloto T. Sumi delivered welcome address while Mixikha Achumi, GB spoke about rites and rituals performed before and after the festival in olden days. 

The programme also witnessed cultural regale performed by various troupes and display of antiques crafts. Village leaders from Mishilimi, Natsumi and Laza-Phuyeqa village, and in-laws from different parts of the state attended the programme. Men folk sang traditional folk songs. Shikaje Lohe Sumi and Jenili Achumi hosted the programme. 

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