Sumis celebrate Tuluni with fervour

Sumis celebrate Tuluni with fervour
(L) Y. Kikheto Sema being honoured on his arrival. (R) Women group after presenting a folk song at Tuluni celebration.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/7/2019 11:50:41 AM IST

Sumi community of Upper Assam comprising of six villages under Margherita sub-division, Tinsukia district celebrated Tuluni festival on July 5 and 6 at Tingkupathar Sumi village with the theme, “Our Culture is our Shield.”

The celebration was graced by commissioner and secretary Land Resource Department, Y. Kikheto Sema as “Tuluni Papu”. 

In his address, Kikheto stressed on the need for Sumi community living in Upper Assam to live in peace and harmony with people of all communities especially Assamese people.

He said the area was inhabited by some Sumi Nagas as early as 1883-84 when they served there as Political Labour Corps (PLC). 

The Sumis settled in the area in 1904 at Sodiya,  cleared thick jungles and forest for Digboi Oil Refinery. In 1911 too, they participated in the Anglo-Abor war. Later, among other Naga tribes majority of which consisted of the Sema (Sumis) helped in construction of Stillwel Road. 

According to Kikheto, since many of those Sumis came in the area in the prime of their youth they married and settled in the area. He said the British gifted the land to the Sumis as requested by them in recognition of their help to the British. This is how the Sumis, established several villages in Upper Assam, he stated.

He lauded the youth departments of Churches of the six Sumi villages for organizing the programme and preserving the culture.

Stating that their forefathers braved all situations and sustained, Kikheto urged them to take pride in it and emulate their forefathers in a positive manner.

He said it was understandable that the Sumi culture and language in the area had taken a diminutive image for sometime owing to inter-marriage. However, he lauded them for putting in best efforts to revive and preserve it. 

He further encouraged them to preserve the way of life and language of the forefathers adding it does not mean dishonouring and hating other cultures. 

Kikheto also highlighted on the significance of Tuluni festival. 

He was accompanied by host of GBs, elders, students and others leaders.

Western Sumi Kukami Hoho, vice president, GB Mughavi Awomi and All Sumi Students’ Union president, Atokiho Assumi also exhorted the gathering and urged them to maintain their identity by preserving the culture and language.

Head GB of Tingkupathar, Yetoi Awomi delivered the welcome address while other Sumi villages including, Lal Pahar, Paharpur, Longtong, Balijan etc took part in various traditional items. The event was marked with rich and colourful display of Sumi culture and tradition.

SCNUV: Sümi Community of Naga United Village (SCNUV) also celebrated Tuluni festival on July 6, marking the season to give life and protection to the crops and to rejoice the most abundant and fruitful yielding. 

A press release from SCNUV secretary Kakihe Zhimo stated that, Khuheshe Aye vice chairman SCNUV narrated the importance and significance of the festival. Cultural and traditional show was performed by Sumi Students Union of NUV led by Mughavi Awomi president SSUNUV and folk song (Aye küzüle) was presented by women group led by Ngukatoli Zhimomi and Atibo Zhimomi.

Earlier, the programme chaired by Kivigho Zhimomi and recorded by Mughaho T Swu began with an invocation by pastor Khehoyi, pastor SBA NUV and welcome address by Hovito Chishi chairman SCNUV. 

Vote of thanks was delivered by Kakihe Zhimo secretary SCNUV and benediction by Akato Zhimo associate pastor SBA.


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