Sümis celebrate Tuluni festival

Sümis celebrate Tuluni festival
Dimapur | Publish Date: 7/9/2018 12:38:56 AM IST
ümi Nagas celebrated their premier festival ––Tuluni –– in several places across the state with pomp and gaiety. The festival is celebrated by the Sümi community every year  which culminates on July 8.
SCOMH, Kohima: The Sümi community Old Ministers Hill (SCOMH), Kohima celebrated silver jubilee & Tuluni on July 7 under the theme “Unity and vision is our motto” at the residence of minister, G. Kaito Aye, Old Ministers Hill Kohima.  
A press release by silver jubilee SCOMH Kohima stated that special guest, Sümi Hoho Kohima, vice president,  Dr. Vinito Chishi expressed happiness and greeted the members of SCOMH.
He also called upon the Sümis to maintain good relationship and coordination with other tribes so as to usher in peace and harmony. 
Dr. Vinito while emphasising on the importance of the Sümi dialect (sutsah) said Sümis should preserve their rich customs of languages and traditions. 
Advisor for Rural Development (RD), Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire, who also witnessed the celebration, said the closeness of one community brings togetherness and unity.
He also called upon the gathered people to continue to live in unity and extended silver jubilee and Tulini greetings to all. 
A talk on the establishment of Sumi Community Old Ministers’ Hill Kohima and celebration of silver jubilee was delivered by convenor Jubilee Planning Board, SCOMH, Jevito Achumi.
SCOMH first chairman, James Swu released the silver jubilee souvenir and convenor, souvenir committee silver jubilee, Kiheto Shohe, spoke about the significance of the silver jubilee souvenir.
Nikhekhu Village: Nikhekhu villagers observed the Tuluni festival with villagers indulging in various cultural events at a program held at the village ground to mark the culmination of the weeklong festival on July 8.
A press release from the organizing committee stated that, Aheto Yepthomi, personal secretary to G. Kaito Aye, minister Agriculture and Cooperation, represented the minister on the occasion as the Tuluni father. Aheto conveyed Kaito’s festival greetings to the villagers. Speaking on behalf of the minister, Aheto called upon the villagers to uphold the rich and diverse cultural heritage of forefathers. He also asked them to imbibe peace and unity among the people adding that peace and unity led to all round development of a society. 
Viyito, pastor, Nikhekhu village Baptist Church said the invocation prayer, while Isawoto Zhimomi, village chief welcomed the dignitaries. V. Victor, chairman CBC proposed the vote of thanks and Ilito, associate pastor pronounced the benediction. Associate pastors Khelito and Ayeto conducted the program.
S. Vihuto Yepthomi, president Western Sumi Kukami Hoho, Tokuho Suhoi Neho, president, Dimapur District GBs Association and G. Shikavi Zhimomi, president Ato Area GBs Association also joined the celebrations. Leaders and elders of neighbouring villages were also invited to the event.

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