The December Fest begins in gaiety

The December Fest begins in gaiety
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Dec 19 | Publish Date: 12/19/2018 10:55:04 AM IST

 The three-day December Fest that was slated to kick start on Tuesday literally hit rough weather.  But with the skies clearing up on Wednesday, people from across Dimapur were finally treated to some spectacular performances and shows during the opening ceremony held at the DDSC stadium on Wednesday. 

The December Fest promises a host of performers from the state, national and international, apart from various indigenous sports competitions and stalls catering to the taste buds. The event which will culminate on Wednesday is organized by The Better Dimapur in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council, Naga Council Dimapur, GBs Union Dimapur, Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation and Naga Women Hoho Dimapur.

Special guest Lt. Gen Gopal R of 3 Corps (Spear Corps), who also inaugurated the fest, in his address hoped that Dimapur would evolve into one of the best cities in India. He however pointed out that there was still a lot of work to done and that process begins individually.  Calling for a collective and concerted effort to make Dimapur more liveable, he remarked, “It is not only a few groups that can make changes. Everyone here has to pledge to make that change.” 

Acknowledging the importance of Dimapur not only as the commercial hub of the state but also as gateway to the East, he pointed out that while Nagaland attained statehood on December, 1963, the Dimapur Town Committee was already in existence of which two-time MLA from Dimapur, Anwar Hussain was a member.  

Lt. Gen Gopal R also called for a greater civic sense and the collaborative efforts from all stakeholders in improving road sense, traffic discipline and other civic responsibilities and hoped that the December Fest will be a regular feature. The opening day of the fest witnessed dance performances by students of Trionix dance studio, choral rendition by 6 times inter-school national level choral champion, Delhi Public School, Dimapur;  kung-fu demonstration by All Nagaland Shaolin Kung-fu Association; aero modelling by Nagaland Flying and Adventure Sports Association & Assam Aero modelling Association; and indigenous games and sports. 

The other highlights of the programme were; invocation prayer by Baptist Pastor Fellowship Dimapur, Tenga Seb; a flag march by representatives of around 45 colonies in Dimapur; lighting of torch by Lt. Gen Gopal R; and  felicitation of dignitaries. The opening programme was compeered by Wapanginla and Mhonjan Lotha. The other dignitaries present were: deputy commissioner of Dimapur; Sushil Kumar Patel, brigadier Shibaji Das and brigadier Ravi Kumar.

Paper bags on sale

In a bid to promote use of paper bags instead of plastic bags and also to financially support under-privileged students complete their studies, the Community Avenue Network (CAN) Youth is selling paper bags at a stall in ‘December Fest’ currently underway at the DDSC stadium. 

The primary objective is to raise funds to help school drop-outs complete their studies as part of CAN Youth’s initiative called “My Scholarship Foundation” to help school drop-outs and under-privileged students in Nagaland complete their studies. It is also worth mentioning here that Nagaland has the highest school drop-out rate in India.  Speaking to Nagaland post, the founder of CAN, Jenpu Rongmei stated that five rupees from every item sold will go the “My Scholarship Foundation.” 

Three types of paper bags were on sale; recycled colour paper bags, fresh white paper bags and craft brown paper bags.  The bags can be purchased in bulk or in single pieces and there are additional charges for printing of logo or names on the bags. The bags can be delivered to the customers or purchased at CAN office. 

There are three teams that are involved in making the paper bags for the last few years. The team has so far sold about 7000 bags and even trained members of Mercy Society and helped them in the sale of the cards. Apart from bags, edibles and soft drinks are also available at the stall.

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