Kohima, November 30 (NE): Ao Baptist Church Association (ABAM) appeals to set aside Sunday for worship during 2019 Nagaland Hornbill Festival.
In a letter from ABAM President, Rev. Temsu S and Executive Secretary, Rev. Dr. Mar Atsongchnger on Friday, November 29, 2019 made an appeal to Nagaland Governor, R.N Ravi to set aside Sunday for worship during 2019 Nagaland Hornbill Festival.
While maintaining that this year’s inauguration falls on Sunday, December 1, ABAM said it will be “a direct hindrance from observing a solemn worship for Christians in Nagaland.” While Hornbill Festival was a time to transpire our rich culture, ABAM added that over the years, the “festival seemed to have turned into profligacy.” In view of the concerns, the Association appealed to the Governor that the inauguration of 2019 Hornbill festival “should differ and any Sunday that falls during such great event should be exempted from daily activities.”
The letter further stated, that over the last few years, local churches and church associations have been voicing out through various means to observe Sunday as “Worship day” in Nagaland and therefore, no business and outside programmes should happen. ABAM said that “Sunday is the day of ‘Worship’ for Christians in Nagaland, and therefore any programme pertaining to disturb and muddle the spirit of true worship should not be entertained in Nagaland on Sunday,” it added.