Dimapur, January 17: The first Athibung Sub-Division Mini Hornbill cum Mimkut festival was held at Athibung Town, Peren on January 17 with Advisor for water Resources, Namri Nchang as the special guest.
Speaking at the program Advisor, Namri Nchang lauded the Kuki community elders and other dignitaries present. He urged the gatherings to celebrate the occasion to the fullest with fruitful meaning. He also said that the first priority is to educate youngster the true meaning of festival and its local dialect in order to preserve one’s culture and unique identity.
He also asked the people to stay active in every role by educating the upcoming generation. The Advisor also spoke on the importance of Covid-19 and its vaccine and encouraged the mass to take the Covid issue seriously and maintain Covid appropriate behavior.
He added that the present Government is trying its best to take up various developmental works in the areas and encouraged the gathering to remain supportive with Govt. Namri also thanked the various cultural dance troupes for performing beautifully.
The Advisor was accompanied by Administration, police, Government Officials and public leaders
SDO (C) Ahthibung, Vekusheyi Rhakho who graced the inaugural function held on January 16 said Nagaland is known as the ‘Land of Festivals’ and every tribe have one or more festivals celebrated year round for varied reasons.
Stating that ‘Mimkut Festival’ is the ‘Post-Harvest Festival’ of the Kukis, he urged the Kuki community to remember and remind each other of the good traditions, practices and values of their ancestors and also preserve and promote their rich cultural heritage.
The program was chaired by SIS Athibung circle Education Department, Hentinthang Singson while traditional welcome song was performed by Pa Lalsat Sitlhou and his team, welcome speech and submission of memorandum by General Secretary, KIN Thangkhokai Gangte. Chief host, L Singsit, IPS Retd. Joint Director, Agriculture Department & President Kuki INPI Nagaland also delivered short speeches. Cultural exhibition was also performed by Nkio cultural troupe, Beisumpui cultural troupe, Athibung cultural troupe etc. The program concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Pa Letgin Singson Mim Kut committee.
(Page News Service)