Dimapur, August 1: Tsungremmong Mini Hornbill Festival Mokokchung 2019 began here at Imkongmeren Sports Complex on August 1 with Minister, Housing & Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum declaring the festival open as the special guest.
Addressing the festive gathering, the Minister reiterated that it is the policy of the government to foster unity, friendship and also to create a platform to promote young local entrepreneurs to exhibit their skills and products, he also called upon the organizers to identify such talents so that the Government can provide avenues and assistances. He went on to add that Nagaland Startup Policy 2019 was formulated on this very line.
Taking up some of the achievements and policies of the government, he pointed out that the Government has been creating better infrastructures to encourage sport persons as well as to encourage students to excel in their studies by providing C.M. meritorious Student Fellowship Awards to NBSE toppers for five years.
He mentioned about the government decision to implement the Abhishek Singh committee recommendation on the issue of ILP. He also highlighted about Climate change and banning of plastic use from October 2 to make Nagaland a plastic free state. In this regard, he urged the people of Mokokchung to take the initiatives. Touching upon the Naga political issue, he said we must unite as one to come to an honourable solution.
Earlier in the programme, Tsungremmong greeting was shared by ADC, W Manpai Phom, while welcome address was delivered by I Moa Longkumer, President MTAT and cultural song presentation by GBs’ Union Mokokchung Town.
Inter ward Tug of War (both men and women) and Indigenous games competition- bamboo climbing, spear throwing were held as a part of the celebration.
Tsüngermmung was celebrated today under the aegis of Tourism Department, Nagaland at Salang Lenden, Longsa.
Special guest for the festival, Sharingain, MLA & Chairman DPDB said stated that with the change of times and in the era of technology, people are often swayed by modern norms and practices, but the tradition and custom which were practiced by forefather should be preserved and practiced. The younger generation should never ignore one’s tradition and culture, he said.
Alemtemshi Jamir, CEO, IDAN in his speech on significance of Tsungremmong said the only festival that is dedicated to God is the festival of Tsungremmung where people in its purest form of honesty and praise seeks blessing from God. “It’s a festival no matter poor or rich, young or old, share the love of unity by merry making and dance to the tunes of the traditional song,” he said.
The festival was marked by folk dances and songs by cultural troupes from the host village and also Surumi village and Pirahir village.
(Page News Service)