KUK celebrates Aoleang in Kohima

KUK celebrates Aoleang in Kohima
Advisor, F&ES, relief & rehabilitation and SIRD, PJ Pohwang Konyak speaking at the festival. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/3/2021 12:50:00 PM IST

Aoleang festival was celebrated with much pomp and gaiety at Kisama on Saturday, organised by Konyak Union Kohima (KUK) as part of the six-day festival which would be celebrated all across the state.

Speaking as the guest during the celebration, advisor, fire & emergency services (F&ES), relief & rehabilitation and SIRD, PJ Pohwang Konyak extended Aoleang greetings and thanked all the guests especially tribes from other Eastern region who had attended the event.

He said that the festival was celebrated to mark the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.

He also said that during this time, Konyak people invoked God’s blessings on their family and properties for the oncoming year.

Since there were more than 140 Konyak villages spread all over the state, Konyak Union has decided that the festival should be celebrated for six days giving ample time for all the villages to celebrate on any chosen day, however, it should culminate on the 6th day, Pohwang added.

He pointed out that besides the Konyaks, there were several other tribes in Nagaland and communities across the country who celebrated the new year at this time of the year through their respective festivals.

Pohwang called on the people to take opportunity of the festival and ask for God’s blessings for their own families and tribesmen.

Earlier, invocation was offered by Konyak Baptist Church, Kohima, pastor Z Mankup, welcome address was delivered by KUK president, Dr W Phola while significance of the festival was shared by state chaplain, Rev TW Yamyap.

Vote of thanks was proposed by KUK general secretary, Khongjah while benediction and Aoleang blessings for the year were pronounced by Konyak Baptist Church, Kohima, deacon Tahlem.

Later folk dances were presented by representatives from the six different units residing in Kohima including Longchang, Tobu, Aboi, Chen, Wakching and Mon circle.

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