Tangkhuls celebrate Luira Phanit festival

Tangkhuls celebrate Luira Phanit festival
(Inset) ENPO president, T Kekongchim speaking at the Luira Phanit festival on Friday at NBRC, Sovima. Tangkhul cultural troupe showcasing cultural presentation. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/28/2020 12:38:24 PM IST

Tangkhul community’s seed sowing festival ‘Luira Phanit’ was celebrated with great fervour at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre, Sovima, 6 Mile here on Friday.

The event was organised by Tangkhul Union Dimapur on the theme “Strengthening cultural bonds”.

Speaking at the programme as chief guest, Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) president T Kekongchim observed that though Nagas were under different administrative units, yet they shared a common cultural bond and this “uniqueness” was known by the whole world.

Lamenting about “isms”, he said currently Nagas were living in confinements and surrounded by “tribalistic” attitude that led to disunity. “It is high time for the Nagas to come out from this tribalistic attitude. We cannot expect our tribes to progress in the global context with such attitude,” he stressed.

He said Naga people were prone to emotional outbursts and obsessed with “dominance” over other tribes, regretting that the sacrificial spirit of Naga forefathers had been replaced by tribalism and personal greed. 

“We boast ourselves as ‘unique’ but disunity amongst us is our greatest enemy. Are we to live together or perish individually? We call ourselves as warriors but, if we cannot admit our mistakes, then we are not true warriors,” he remarked.

The ENPO president however sounded optimistic saying if Nagas were willing to move forward, then it was never too late. He called for burying past mistakes and carry forward the good deeds for a vibrant future for “our children”.

Extending festive greetings, he urged members of Tangkhul community to sow the seeds of unity among all Naga brethrens. 

In his short speech, Tangkhul Naga Long president Hopingson A Shimray quoted from the book of Colossians 3:13 and remarked that Tangkhuls under his leadership had decided to embark on meeting counterparts of other tribes, particularly those in Nagaland. He said the community was ready to establish good tribe-to-tribe relationship and was making it a point to reach out to all for brotherhood this year. He stressed that as Christians everyone needed to introspect and seek forgiveness so that everyone remained as brothers as “we have been”.

Addressing the gathering, Ao Senden president Chubawati Longchar said each Nagas festival had its own significance and Luira Phanit was one of them. He emphasised preserving culture and tradition, especially by the younger generation, saying everyone needed to be aware of his or her culture as no power could take away “our identity of which we should all be proud of”.

Speaking at the function, Tenyimia People’s Organisation (TPO) president Timikha Koza said if one sows good seeds, then he or she could expect a good harvest, even as he encouraged the younger generation to look for good seeds and sow good seeds for a good harvest through hard work.

He also exhorted the gathering to inculcate the habit of forgiveness and learn to live in unity. On Naga political issue, he said the Nagas needed to stand together united and grab the golden opportunity and learn to accommodate each other. 

“Those who sow seeds of disunity will be cursed, but those who sow seeds of goodwill and unity will be blessed. We have struggled together, let us also harvest together,” he appealed.

Highlights of the event included folk song by PCC Tangkhul Students’ Union (TSU), cultural presentation by Sumi Tsükoli clun, Zuve cultural club and Tangkhul cultural troupe.

Later, vote of thanks was delivered by Ngathingkhui Jagoi and benediction was offered by TBC, Diphupar pastor Rev Cadid Soreo.


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