Dimapur Mech Kachari community on Saturday, 13th of January, celebrated their post-harvest festival, the Aai-Sagi at Purana Bazar village playground where K. Lun Tungnung, president of Indigenous Minority Tribes of Nagaland graced the event as the chief guest. The event was organized by the Aai Sagi Festival Celebration Committee (ASFCC) under the patronage of Mech Kachari Public Organization (MKPO).
Tungnung extended festival greetings while addressing the gathering and took this opportunity to recollect the genesis of IMTN which consisted of the Kuki, Kachari, Garo and Mikir/Karbi communities, formed solely for the purpose of protecting and preserving the resources, cultural, land and social and political rights of the four indigenous minority tribes residing within the Nagaland state. He encouraged them to build brotherhood through trust and unity as well as stand up for their rights instead of isolating themselves and losing their identity.
Also speaking at the event was Ramesh Hashnu, president of Kachari Tribal Council Nagaland (KTCN), who asserted that culture and tradition were of great importance in the struggle of existence.
Other highlights of the event included various cultural items presented by the cultural troupe of Burkhang Cultural Society followed by a grand feast.
The Tuensang Chang Naga community celebrated the Poang Lum festival on Saturday, 13th of January, at the Loyem Memorial ground with the theme ‘enveloping peace in oneness’. C. Ebou, vice president of the Chang Gazetted Officers Association (CGOA) graced the event as the guest of honor, which was organized by the Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS).
As per the press release by the CKS organizing committee, it was informed that Ebou in his speech, talked about the importance and significance of this festival as well as made comparisons. He said that in the past this festival was celebrated purely for the purpose of self-sufficiency but however in the present, this celebration was celebrated for other purposes such as academic success, prosperous living and profitable business. He also explained that this festival was marked by merrymaking and gift exchange. Ebou therefore, in his concluding speech encouraged the community to love thy neighbor for a peaceful co-existence.
Others who spoke at the event included former minister, I.L Chingmak and PA to Deputy Commissioner, N. Chingmak, both stressing on the importance of the festival. The programme was followed by a grand feast and cultural extravaganza.