Seminar held on festivals of Chakhesang tribe

Seminar held on festivals of Chakhesang tribe
Members of KBC and other participants during the seminar held at Khezhakeno village on July 4.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/4/2020 10:44:47 AM IST

Koza Boys Club (KBC), Khezhakeno, Phek three-day long cultural seminar on festivals of Chakhesang tribe paradigm “Cultural Functions and Production Grant” (CFPG) appreciating the diverse culture of Chakhesang tribe concluded at Zhipfhemi community hall, Khezhakeno village on July 4.

A press release by KBC Khezhakeno stated that, chairman of KBC Ezekiel Koza while dwelling on the importance of different festivals of Chekhsang people throughout the year lamented as to how forefather’s history and culture have been forgotten so soon. 

He therefore emphasized on the need to rethink and rephrase one’s forgotten festivals and walk into the future cherishing new hopes and vision.

Guest speaker Khupo Koza expressed his love for Kozabomi’s culture and the various festivals of Nagas, where he mentioned some important festivals of Kozabomi such as Zathokhrü, Kelemvükhrünye, Chüzathokhrü, Baminye, Dzümvüchikhrü, Mowochikhrü, Karakorominye, Chinyezamvünye, Nezhipu, Kajükichimenye, Barükesümenye, Pophfülupfü, Chirüketshü, Rünyeminye, Kürakuluminye, etc. 

These festivals signify according to the paddy field works such as pre-harvest, post-harvest, cultivation, jhum cultivation, leisure, he said. Highlighting on how men folk during head hunting days used to cleanse their own self and weapons to declare war on enemies, Khupo stated that they competed against each other according to the heads they hunt and wrestle for pride and ego. 

He further elaborated that each khel/colony selected the strongest and fight in bloody sports and winner was declared by the village chief with a word “vieta” meaning “over”. 

He also urged for wider exposure to culture of Chakhesang community and Nagas in general and to co-exist with patriotic trust of brotherhood, unity and respect for each others’ culture. 

Importance and significance of the festivals of Chakhesang community, that is, Sükhrünye & Tsukhenyi were also highlighted. Earlier in the programme led by Kovi Ladu, invocation was offered by Michenvoü Pizou and folk song was presented by Kapanyi Ketsu and party.

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