Morung Express News | May 1

The unique spirit of ‘Ancha’ came out alive here at Anu Mai Amphitheatre, Chuchuyimlang Village as colourful cultural troupes from various tribes and communities congregated to partake of the Moatsü celebration.

The overcast sky and slight drizzle did not dampen the festive mood as villagers, young and old alike, decked in full traditional attires came to attend the celebration, which was done with much pomp and gaiety.

‘Ancha’ is the unique age-old tradition of inviting other tribes and neighbouring villages to celebrate Moatsü, the premier festival of the Ao Nagas. Moatsü is a spring festival celebrated every year in the month of May after the sowing season. The festival is celebrated to please the gods of Nature and invoke their blessings for a bumper harvest.

This year too, cultural troupes from other Naga tribes including Chang (Yangpi village), Sangtam (Chungliyimti village)and Phom (Hukpang village) and also Adivasi and Assamese troupes from neighbouring Assam state added colour and variety to the celebration.

Chairman, Chuchuyimlang Village Council, Sanen Pongen in his welcome note said Moatsü festival is based on community bonding and during the 3-day celebration, the village rekindles its ancestral friendship and diplomatic ties with neighbouring villages of other tribes and communities by inviting them to join the celebration. He said Moatsü celebration in Chuchuyimlang is marked by this most valued tradition of inviting other tribes and that the village has contributed the word ‘Ancha’ to the Ao vocabulary. He also informed that in recognition of the unique and elaborate manner in which Moatsü is celebrated in the village, the State Department of Tourism has designated Chuchuyimlang as the only ‘Moatsü Destination’ of the State.

Chief invitee of the celebration, Lt. Gen (Retd), SM Mehta, CEO of Hans Foundation, New Delhi, said the celebration is one of the most amazing spectacles he had witnessed and especially praised the skills and deft hands of the women cloth weavers and men basket weavers who took part in the traditional craft competition. He urged upon the villagers to maintain their culture and brotherhood with neighbouring villages and tribes. On Hans Foundation, Mehta said the foundation is one of the biggest charitable organizations in the country and operating in all the states. He informed the Foundation has also inked MoU with Nagaland Government to work in the field of education, health, disability and livelihood in all districts. Earlier, the chief invitee also inaugurated the exhibition of indigenous knowledge, traditional skills and innovations.

President, Ao Senden, Chubawati and Noklentuba, PA to deputy commissioner Mokokchung, also extended Moatsü greetings on the occasion.



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