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Dimapur, Jan. 11 (EMN): Cultural presentations including traditional greased pole climbing, cross bow target shooting, hapbung race (wooden wheel car), stilt bamboo race, traditional fire making, pork fats eating competition and Chang strongest man competition etc marked the second day of Poang Lum Mini Hornbill 2019 festival held at Loyem Memorial Ground in Tuensang town on January 11. The festival was celebrated on the theme ‘Lamshok’ (Treaty).
Secretary of tourism, T Mhabemo Yanthan was the special guest, while the president of USLP T Seopi was the tribal guest. Lima Onen, OSD to chief minister, was the host and Yongching Khumla joint secretary of health and family welfare, was the co-host of the celebration.
Speaking on the occasion, special guest stated that the event is being held to give a glimpse of the hornbill festival for those who could not made it to Kisama for the main Hornbill Festival.
“Since Tuensang is the only district in Nagaland with four major tribes namely Chang, Khiamniungan, Sangtam and Yimchunger, it is only befitting to have a common festival organised to affirm and maintain the bond of brotherhood,” he said.
Stating that Nagas have inherited rich culture and tradition from their ancestors which has remained hidden from the rest for world for many years, he said Hornbill festival is playing a major role in recent times in opening up to the rest of the world. As tourism is a major industry in Nagaland, he said incorporating all tribal festivals, events and tourist destinations etc and with proper streamlining of the priceless intellectual properties, it could have tremendous impact on the present and future Nagas economy.
“By pulling in tourists, the department can develop infrastructures. However, local populace should initiate for the avenues or attraction by building ourself a peaceful society for tourism to flourish,” he added.
Kekongchim, ENPO president, had highlighted on the aims and objective of the festival which was to build bridges irrespective of tribes and nomenclatures and maintain peace amongst neighbours.
T Seopi, USLP president, hoped that Poang Lunm Mini Hornbill festival would be a channel towards a new bond and be a harbinger to usher betterment of the community and the society as a whole.
Welcome address was given by Limaonen, while Poanglum Mini hornbill greeting was said by co-host of the event.
Sangtam cultural troupe and Sangtak cultural troupe presented traditional dance.