Under the aegis of Kohima Village Youth Organisation, Kohima village celebrated Kewhimia Sekrenyi at Kewhimia ground Ziekezou, hosted by Khriehu Liezietsu, MLA, here, on Saturday.
In a brief address, Khriehu Liezietsu said the festival was about showcasing Angami culture and that Sekrenyi was a time to celebrate, to purify and sanctify (before going to war).
Khriehu said in such joyous festivals, one must ask for God’s blessing, spend time with family, seek forgiveness, purify oneself and rededicate to God.
Meanwhile, Kohima Village Council chairman, Helievi-o Solo in his greetings said Kohima Village was believed to have established 700 years ago and the name Kohima was derived from the name Kewhimia which meant “welcome everybody”.
He said that when the British arrived, they could not pronounce Kewhimia properly and therefore the name became Kohima. He also informed that Kohima village comprised of four Khels with 38 clans.
Recalling how Kohima became the state capital, Solo said in 1881, the American missionary brought Christianity and education and in 1885, four people from Kohima were converted to Christianity marking the first conversion in the village.
He said today, the whole village embraced Christianity and in 1879, the British established the administrative headquarter in Kohima.
When statehood was granted in 1963, Kohima was selected to be the capital, however, he said “we were neither been consulted not did we asked for.”
He added that Kohima village had another name “Bara Bosti” which was an unhappy connotation and it was everyone’s dream to have a plot in the capital town.
In this regard, he urged the people to approach elders and find out the right owners as the land belonged to individuals/clans.
He encouraged them to celebrate Sekrenyi festival together and be merry as the festival renewed old friendships and made new friends at the time of the year.
He further encouraged them to let the spirit of Sekrenyi be the unifying force of the Nagas.
In his greetings, KVYO president, Ruokuoneituo Phewhuo shared the significance of the festival and said even as the rituals of the grandfathers were not practiced today, Sekrenyi was celebrated to preserve and observe the goodness of the festival, foster and renew the bond of friendship with other villagers.
Later, Cultural Promotion Society Dapfhütsumia Thinuo presented folk songs.
Host of guests and leaders from 20 major tribes and leaders of 19 municipal wards joined the day-long celebration which saw competition of indigenous games such as grease pole climbing, war cry, stilt bamboo walk, tug of war, Thapru, Kemie Shü, Seguo mi Shü.