Week long youth festival cum sukrunye start off at Phek

A week-long youth festival cum Sukrunye held under the patronage of Phek Town Youth Society (PTYS) commenced on the 10th of January 2017. It is being held under the theme “Tapping the feats”.

Sukrunye is a festival which is associated with the Chakesang tribe of Nagaland which has one of the most beautiful cultures and festivals in the state. Brave warriors and others who hold prestigious status in the community arrange feasts for the entire village community. In Nagaland, most of the festivals revolve around agriculture.

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However, among all the festivals, Sukrunye is considered the most important because it is the ceremony to ensure good health of the community during the following year. It is celebrated during the middle of January. SUKRU is the main highlight of the festival which is meant for the menfolk. Menfolk of the village visit the village spring early in the morning where they wash themselves as well as their weapons before any animals touch the water. This practice is believed to wash away all the misfortunes and physical illness.

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The first day of the festival was graced by State Home Minister Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu who extended warm sukrunye greetings to the gathering. Azo said that Naga culture was not only about wearing colorful traditional attires, singing or dancing but rather about hard work and honesty. He, therefore, urged them to revive the Naga culture in a Christian manner.

He also lauded the Phek area youth and public organizations for their cooperation in running the state of affairs of the district.

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The second day of the festival was graced by former chairperson of the Phek Town Council (PTC) Kupota Khesoh, who lauded the PTYS for reviving traditional legacy through the organization of such youth festivals.  Events such as Sack rally race, bamboo stilt race, bow shooting, trumpet blowing, long jump, tug of war, Mr and Mrs sukrunye marked the 2nd day of the festival. The day 3 of the festival will be graced by Er. Dr. Vekho Swuro.

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