Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Aos celebrate Moatsü festival in Mokokchung


Moatsü, the premier festival of the Ao Nagas was celebrated in Mokokchung with colourful display of dances and gaiety on Monday. The festival is celebrated every year during the month of May specifically from May 1 to 3 to invoke God’s blessings for healthy crops after the sowing is done. Moatsü is also considered the festival of community bonding where villagers celebrate their friendships through exchange of gifts, feasting, singing and dancing.
Ao Senden in collaboration with Fazl Ali College (FAC) jointly organised the festival, initiated by the state government on the theme “Celebrating our Roots” at Fazl Ali College, here, on Monday.
The inaugural programme of the festival was graced by minister for Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), S. Pangnyu Phom as special guest and minister for Rural Development, Metsubo Jamir as guest of honour.
Extending Moatsü greetings to the people of Mokokchung, Pangnyu wished for a bountiful harvest, renewed friendship and a unified and prosperous society through the celebration of the festival.
He stated that the Aos have been instrumental in the growth of the Nagas and that the legacy and good deeds left behind by Ao forefathers should be picked up by the younger generation.
The health minister said Aos need to think where they stood today and challenged them to renew and revive the past glory.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Metsubo advised the youth to remember their roots and stressed on the principles of hard work by citing examples of how their forefathers worked hard.
He concluded by saying that hard work was key to success.
After the programme, the special guest inaugurated Moatsü angling festival at Amoklushi Lake and also inaugurated the Museum and Art Gallery and Flower Show-cum-competition.
A series of programmes on the theme “Scholastic Cultural Exposition” was also held to mark the festival.
Earlier, Ao Senden president Chubawati Longchar delivered the welcome address, Moatsü traditional song was presented by Chuchuyimpang Tatar Putu Menden and vote of thanks was proposed by FAC principal, Dr. Temjenwabang.
It may be mentioned that the main Moatsü festival is scheduled on May 3 at Imkongmeren Sports Complex.
The celebration will be graced by deputy chief minister Y. Patton as special guest and Imkong L Imchen, MLA as guest of honour. (Correspondent)
USTM: Ungma Senso Telongjem Mokokchung (USTM) celebrated Moatsü festival at Mayangnokcha Government Higher Secondary School, with Imolemba Jamir as main speaker.
In his speech, Jamir spoke on the importance of the festival.
During the celebration, Ungmatsur Telongjem Mokokchung organised an enter ward traditional song competition where the theme was based on womenfolk yearning for their loved ones in the battlefield to come home with the head trophy while also praying for their safe return.

S. Pangnyu Phom performing a dance with one of the cultural troupes at the festival on Monday. (NP)