Dimapur, December 2: The Hornbill Festival 2019 began with great pomp and fanfare today and with it the hopes and aspirations of many hardworking Nagas who plan to make the most out of the sudden surge of international as well as domestic tourists who visit the State capital. One such venture that is not only providing a platform for local entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products but also promote traditional and indigenous products is the Traditional Evening Park at Kigwema local ground.
The Traditional Evening Park, Kigwema first began in 2018 during the Hornbill Festival and was based on the idea of providing a platform for the local entrepreneurs and Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Jakhama sub division to come together and market their products during the Hornbill Festival. The huge success of the venture in its initial year has prompted the village leaders to organize the event for a second consecutive year.
The second edition of the Traditional Evening Park Kigwema was inaugurated by Athel O Lotha, Secretary, Rural Development and Mission Director NSRLM, on December 1 at Kigwema local ground. Speaking at the inaugural programme, Athel O Lotha congratulated and commended the village leaders as well as the SHGs under Jakhama for taking up such a noble initiative and hoped that all involved would work with great zeal and enthusiasm. She encouraged the entrepreneurs to have a sense of competitiveness among them and to keep striving for improvement.
The Traditional Evening Park Kigwema is a venture that is making a difference in the lives of many by providing sustainable livelihoods to many and thereby contributing to community development. Hornbill Festival is not just a festival for showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Nagas but it has also become an opportunity for the local entrepreneurs to sustain their livelihoods through the tourism industry.
The Traditional Evening Park Kigwema will continue till December 10 and one can visit the various stalls set up at the Kigwema local ground. The products on sale ranges from traditional hand woven fabrics to handmade traditional jewelry and other indigenous handmade tools. There are also a number of stalls that one can visit to get a taste of the traditional Naga cuisine.
(Page News Service)