TUENSANG, Jan 10 (NEPS): The premier festival of the Chang community, the Poang Lum as Mini Hornbill Festival, has been inaugurated here at the Loyem Memorial Ground Tuensang on Thursday.
The festival is organized by Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS) and sponsored by Government of Nagaland under the theme ‘Propelling Cultural Values’.
Advisor to Water Resources Department, Namri Nchang inaugurated the festival. He lauded the Government of Nagaland for giving opportunity to all tribes of Nagaland to organize such events to retrieve the culture and tradition of the tribal of Nagaland. The idea of the Government is to run the hornbill festival throughout the year with respective tribes of Nagaland where more entrepreneurs amongst the educated youth will be involved along with cultural and traditional revival of the tribes, he stated.
Minister for Forest, Environment Climate Change, C.M. Chang is the Host of the program. Ngoun Khiamniunagan President Khiamniungan Tribal Council is the Tribal Guest while Lempoksng Lemtur Addl. SP Tuensang as the Co-Host of the event. Sangkhum Chang Hd. GB C/Khel Tuensang Village and Rev Achu Chang Executive Secretary CBLT have initiated the herald of the celebration.
CKS president Nungsang Lemba presented the significance of the Poang Lum. Ngoun Khiamniungan, the tribal guest of the event, also delivered a short speech where he mentioned about the age old bond between Chang and Khiamniungan community.
Nchang also opened the stalls which were followed by cultural items presented by Khiamniungan Cultural Troupe, Tuensang Village Cultural Troupe, Pangan Chia, Hakchang Cultural Troupe, Ȕ-Chia Nakshou Cultural Troupe, Chongli Chia, Haak Cultural Troupe and Lo Chia and Chingmei Cultural.
Miss Chang Beauty Pageant competition will be held as part of the event under the theme ‘reflections of perfection’ which will be organized by Changsao Thangjam Setshang. Ayong Chang, President ENWO will be the special guest for the event.