Dimapur, January 10: The Chang community, under the aegis of Chang Khulei Setshang, the Chang Tribal Council, will be celebrating the premium Chang winter festival “Poanglüm” from January 13 to 15 at Loyem Memorial Ground, Tuensang Town.
The ‘Poanglüm’ which is also a Mini Hornbill Festival of the Changs, is a post harvest festival which marks the celebration of self-sufficiency. It is celebrated with traditional folk songs and dances accompanied by trade fair throughout the celebration.
The preparation for this year Mini Hornbill festival started on January 7 under the leadership of P Ngamen Chang as the Convenor of the Mini Hornbill Festival. Only 27 major Chang villages were allotted a place to build a traditional village house. The village unions based at Tuensang have taken up the responsibility of making their own village house.
CM Chang, Minister of Forest, Environment, Climate Change and Law and Justice, Alim Bin Beshang Senior Assistant Transport Officer, Civil Secretariat, Kohima, Kejong Chang, MLA, H Khehovi Yepthomi, Advisor, Tourism, Art and Culture, Toyang Chang, MLA, Moba Chang, the winner of Naga King Chilli Competition, Nagaland Hornbill Festival, DIG 7th Sector, Assam Rifles, Tuensang will be the Patrons and Special Guests for this Mini Hornbill Festival. President of Sumi Hoho, Hekhushe Shikhu will be the Tribal Guest on the concluding day.
Some of the festive competition will include traditional Greased bamboo pole climbing, Tug of war, Hapbung Kainong (Naga karting), Stilt bamboo race, Traditional fire making, King chilli eating competition, Pork fat eating competition, Chang strongest man competition and winding of wools for women. Yimchunger Cultural Troupe, Sumi Cultural Troupe, Sangtam Cultural Troupe, Khiamniungan Cultural Troupe and the Cultural Troupes of all the Chang villages will participate in the cultural events. The various local bands and artistes, such as Naga Incarnate, Saksi Evolution, Chale Kaonyu, Aoyim Sem, Himjan Shanen, Lole Wet are well set for the Musical night. The 3rd edition of Miss Chang Beauty Pageant competition will also be held as part of the event under the theme ‘Thesa’ which will be organized by Changsao Thangjam Setshang.
The Mini Hornbill Festival will be celebrated on the theme “WAZA”. The term ‘Wa’ is derived from the word ‘Wawa’ which means ‘fun and frolic’. The ‘Za’ is derived from the word ‘Sasa’ which means ‘Merry Making’ or ‘Being Joyful’.
Irrespective of tribes, the Council (CKS) and the Planning committee of Poanglüm, through a press note has invited the presence of all the public of Tuensang Town, all HoDs and Government officials under Tuensang Town, the Tribal leaders, the Village Councils of all the Chang villages, all the Chang Unions of different places and well wishers to be part of this great festival. (Page News Service)