Tuensang, January 12: Poanglum festival Cum Mini Hornbill Festival 2021of the Chang Naga was celebrated at Loyem Memorial Ground, Tuensang organized by the Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS) on the theme, “Qui Qui”, which translates to “highly exalted”. The heralding of the Poaglum festivity was proclaimed by S. Chingmak 2nd GB P/ Khel Tuensang Village.
The Fest Patron was Kumar Ramnikant, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Tuensang, and the tribal Guest was M Thangou, President, Khiamiungan Tribal Council.
Speaking on the occasion, Fest Patron Kumar Ramnikant expressed that this Poanglum celebration is a good opportunity for fostering brotherhood between the neighbours and within the community.
He mentioned that Tuensang district is like a mother from which many districts are being bifurcated to full-fledged districts, and thus should act should act like a leader in every field with good values.
“We should look back to where we began and the good values should be transferred to younger generation for which such occasions are in its best kind to transfer the cultural and traditional values,” he said.
“Without the origin value one has no base and will never prosper, our future is in our hands that no one can deny so one should act accordingly to grow and prosper”, he added. Forget and forgive should be our theme while celebrating the festival, forget the differences and focus to prosper, he also encouraged.
The Tribal Guest, M. Thangou, President Khiamniungan Tribal Council, in his short speech said that the Chang and Khiamniungan tribes are like brothers since time immemorial. He also encouraged the younger generation to abstain from abusive substances so that our future will flourish.
Bharat Lakshman Markad, IPS, SP Tuensang also in his short speech shared his observations on the people of Tuensang and encouraged them not to be lazy and to have commitment and passion to work so that we can achieve the theme of the festivity.
Nungsang Lemba, president, CKS also encouraged the gathering to be forgiving, peaceful and co-operative with our neighbours so that the district will grow economically and all spheres of social life.
The welcome address was given by P. Ngamen, Convenor Planning Committee while a special song was performance by Dolim Chingmak .
The CKS also awarded its first Chang Puanglum QuiQui award to Neiphiu Rio, the Chief Minister of Nagaland in recognition of his vision in promoting Naga Culture & Tradition through Hornbill Festivals and for making Naga festivals cognizant to the international community.
The CKS also awarded a Qui Qui award to Kumar Ramnikant, IAS, DC Tuensang for his public service of highest quality and for earnestly striving towards containing the spread of COVID 19 pandemic in the district.
Another Qui Qui award was conferred to the Khaimniungan Tribal Council for its achievement in upgrading Noklak as a district and fulfilling the aspirations of the Khiamniungan community.
The Planning Community Poanglum also awarded the Qui Qui award to Chang Khulei Setshang for rendering an abled leadership to the Chang Community.