NAGA NEWS | Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/15/2019 11:21:07 AM IST
Hectic last minute preparations were underway at Khouchiezie (Kohima local ground) Friday evening, as Kohima village gears up to celebrate a ‘Plastic-Free’ Sekrenyi festival on March 16 under the theme “Pride of Kewhimia”. Festival organizing committee secretary, Thenuokhrie-ü Tsiekha, told this correspondent that the organisers, in an effort to support the state government’s commitment for plastic-free state, have requested everyone to bring their own plates and water bottles.
Informing that Kohima village has an approximate population of 17,734, she said around 10,000 people were expected to attend the celebration. She stated that the celebration was a cultural one and did not have any bearing on religious sentiments.
The committee convenor, Neibu Sekhose, said this was the first time that the village was celebrating a combined Sekrenyi, unlike other years where each of the four Khels celebrated it separately.
On the issue of a Christian convert celebrating Sekrenyi, Sekhose said that the festival was all about purification, adding it was a time when everyone comes together to praise the Lord.
He said that the programme would begin with a prayer. Besides that, there would be no religious activity. He said the main goal was to bring forth unity among all communities and to come together for the betterment of the village.
Sekhose added that they would not be celebrating Sekrenyi like in the old days where people came together, make merry, drink alcohol, and perform significant tribal religious activities. It would be a time for social gathering and to display beautiful cultural attires and tradition, he said.
In support of the VIP free culture declared by the State government, the celebrations would have no chief guest and everyone would be considered equals.