Poanglum & Tsüngkamneo festivals celebrated

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/16/2020 11:22:01 AM IST

Advisor for Tourism, Art & Culture, H Khehovi graced the valedictory programme of  Poanglum mini hornbill festival on January 14 at Tuensang as special guest.

A press release by media cell of the advisor stated that in his speech, Khehovi urged the young generation to promote and preserve their culture and tradition.
The advisor lamented that the present youth in pursuit of education are neglecting their culture and tradition, which he said is “a threat of losing their unique Naga identity”. He then appealed the elders to inculcate the cultural values to their children. 
Advisor also thanked and appreciated chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio for conceptualizing the idea to celebrate Naga festivals in the form of hornbill and mini hornbill festival.
Khehovi said this initiative would continue to preserve “our rich tradition and cultures from foreign cultural invasion”.
Expressing concern over the “diminishing brotherhood” among the Nagas, the advisor urged the Chang community to spearhead the spirit of love and peace among the Naga society.
“Tribe guest” of the festival, Sumi Hoho president, Hekhushe Shikhu also lauded the Changs for preserving their rich culture and showcasing it through occasions such as the mini hornbill festival.
Advisor also graced the Tsüngkamneo festival as special guest and inaugurated the first Tsüngkamneo mini hornbill festival at Yimchunger heritage village, Mündün. He wished the Yimchungers a grand success for their first mini hornbill festival.
Meanwhile, day-two of Tsüngkamneo-cum-mini hornbill started with marathon from Thyiang village to Mundün Heritage village, flagged off by Bharat Laxman Markod, SP Tuensang on January 16.
According to DIPR report, hundreds of runners both old and young took part in the competition. The second session was marked with huge gathering with host T. Lankonsen Tsanglao ADC Shamator as host and Neiba Kronu, minister Planning & Co-Ordination & Land Revenue as special guest. Naiba wished every citizen of Yimchungrü and also congratulated the YTC and Yimchungrü people for bringing fast development in the newly established Mundün Heritage village. He added that the village had great potential of attracting tourists, both local and foreign as the heritage side has beautiful landscapes. He also urged the gathering not to forget the hardworking qualities of forefathers and encouraged them to opt for coffee plantation which will generate handsome income.  
Kekongchim president ENPO, Sarita Yadav, DC Kiphire, Nungsanglemba Chang president CKS as tribal guest and Namri Nchang, advisor Water Resources Development also spoke at the programme.  
Third session began with traditional tug-of-war and Lungtoker village was declared as champion, with Chessore and Kuthur villages taking the second and third. In traditional crossbow competition, Bedang village under Pungro subdivision won. Kuthur & Mudengkhung villages secured second and third. M. Ester chaired the programme in the second session.

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