Longchem, May 6: Continuing the Moatsümong celebration, the Japukong Senso Senden (JSS) organized a Moatsü programme at Longchem Amphitheatre with Minister of State for Minority Affairs, John Barla as the chief guest and Minister of Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along Longkumer as the chief host. On the same day, John Barla also inaugurated the Amphitheatre for Cultural & Tribal Utility Centre, Longchem town, the venue of the Moatsümong celebration. The amphitheatre was funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI.
Speaking at the Moatsümong festival, John Barla expressed deep admiration for the Naga culture and dresses and lauded the Naga people for preserving their culture and traditions. He promised to construct a community hall at Longchem town. He also promised to construct a residential school for the underprivileged where every aspect of schooling will be covered free of cost for the students.
Temjen Imna Along called for unity of the people and preservation of culture by the people. While thanking the Government of India for giving the amphitheatre, Along said that he has never seen such a big Moatsümong festival being celebrated at Japukong and said that it shows a new strength, which must go on.
Also calling of preservation of culture and traditions, Along said that the only heritage of the people is our tradition, culture, identity. He called upon the people of Japukong to march together ahead in this 21st century in unity.
The welcome speech was delivered by Imdong Jamir, president of Japukong Senso Senden while N. Nungsang Longkumer elucidated the meaning of Moatsu festival. A goodwill message and cultural extravaganza was presented by Assam-Nagaland Border Peace Coordination Committee.
Cultural songs were presented by Lirmen village council, Changdang village council. Traditional dances were presented by Japu, Lakhuni and Aonokpu villages. Traditional fire making was presented by Longjemdang village while the Satsükba village; Nokpu village council presented traditional tug-of-war.
(Page News Service)