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Konyaks celebrate Aoleang in Mon, Dimapur

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/6/2021 12:48:20 PM IST

Members of the Konyak community celebrated Aoleang festival in Mon and Dimapur districts with pomp and gaiety. The celebrations witnessed folk dances and performances by various representatives. 

MON: Minister of Higher Education & Tribal Affairs, government of Nagaland, Temjen Imna Along graced the Konyak Aoleang festival as special guest, here on Tuesday at local ground.

The event was organised by Konyak Union with president ENPO, Sashi Naga as special invitee and Mon 46th AC, N Thongwang Konyak MLA as chief patron. 

Conveying Aoleang greetings to the people of Mon on behalf of the PDA government and state BJP, Along stated that the Konyak community was the most fascinating tribe with the greatest warriors and forerunner of bravery and integrity.

He stated that it was time for Konyaks to move ahead as a tribe while also being instrumental in the progress of Nagas as a whole.

He expressed his desire for an inclusive Nagaland which was vibrant and strong as one.

Stating that Nagaland was a young state, Along urged upon the people not to be frustrated but rather contribute in enhancing the collective strength for peace and prosperity in the land. 

He further appealed to the people to part with past problems and anti-national elements and instead sow seed for a developed, educated, innovative and vibrant Nagaland in the name of Aoleang. 

Advisor I&PR, SCERT and village guards, Toshi Wungtung stated that Aoleang was a thanksgiving festival and also urged upon the Konyak community not to lose their culture, tradition and unity.

In his address, N Thongwang Konyak MLA stated that Aoleang was celebrated to seek blessings for good harvest and to part with the past.

He stated that Mon as a district had a lot of shortcomings in many parameters and urged upon the minister to continue to work for the betterment of the district. 

DC Mon, Thavaseelan K stated that the greatness of a culture or society lay in its festival and appealed to the people to reconnect with the past for a better future and to live a life of compassion and humanity.

ENPO president, Sashi Naga urged upon the people to celebrate the festivals in a dignified manner without forgetting the Christian principles. 

Konyak Union president, S. Howing Konyak stated that Aoleang was celebrating to seek blessings and part with the departed souls.

The event was chaired by KSU president, Noklem Konyak and invocation was said by KBBB executive secretary, Rev. Chemyuh Konyak. 

Welcome song by Mon chamber choir, special presentation by Phom community Mon town and cultural dance display were some of the highlights of the festival. 

Meanwhile, prayer for Aoleang blessings was pronounced by KBCM pastor, Nahngom Konyak while the log drum was played by Chen Nokten Union.  

(Correspondent)

Dimapur: Mopong Hongkong Union (MHU) hosted the Aoleang festival at Mount View Colony, Dimapur with

PDA member and senior vice president, Charlie Sekhose who is also the Dimapur district in-charge as special guest.

A press release by state NDPP youth organisation, general secretary, Lhouvi punyu stated that in the occasion, while greeting the Konyak community on behalf of state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and PDA convenor and party president NDPP, Chingwang Konyak, Charlie lauded the union for organising the programme and marking the special event by bringing the Konyak community together. 

He further urged upon the Konyak community to preserve the aged old traditions and customs passed down by the forefathers which many have become unaccustomed with.

While conveying his best wishes to the Konyak community, he encouraged them to strive for unity and oneness through this celebration.

Meanwhile, short speeches were delivered by DAN chairman and NDPP working president, A Nyamnyei and MHU president, P Nyakba.

Special invitees included NDPP vice president K Jakha, Lhouvi Punyu and others.

 

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