Dimapur, January 14, (NE): Poanglϋm mini Hornbill, the premiere festival of Changs, being celebrated at Loyem Memorial Ground, Tuensang town is underway since yesterday, January Thirteen with the theme- ‘Waza’.
According to their media cell, on the first day of the festival, Shri Lima Onen Chang, OSD to Chief Minister of Nagaland, Government of Nagaland was the fest patron, President, Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS) was the Host and Shri Kumar Ramnikanth, Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang was the Co-Host.
The pedestal was also shared by district administration officers, DIG 7 sector Assam Rifles, Head GB, Tuensang district and different tribal Leaders of Tuensang.
Fest patron while appreciating the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Shri Neiphiu Rio, the ‘brain child’ behind the mini hornbills, also thanked the team of CKS and the organizing committee for outstanding arrangement made for the celebration of the Poanglϋm Hornbill festival.
He also greeted the people on behalf of Shri C.M.Chang, Minister of Nagaland who was supposed to be the fest patron but could not make it due to some important official works. “He thanked the Chang community and sends love to all with wishes of New Year and Poanglϋm greetings” stated Shri Onen on behalf of the minister.
Talking about the history of the celebration of the festival by the ancestors which was celebrated annually, he talked about how dependent we have become on the assistance of the government. He further reiterated that the forefathers in the past did not rely on anything but celebrated with pomp and gaiety along with the neighbouring villages and tribes.
He shared a conversation that he had with his friend in 2009, where his friend remarked that even though the Changs are a small tribe, he admires and have high regards for the Chang people because the Changs are decisive.
With this short narration he challenged the people gathered to ponder over it. He stated that there are more than 5000 Chang households and approximately 30,000 Chang populations in Tuensang town with more than 1500 shop owners where around 26% are local entrepreneurs. Almost all the products are being imported from other parts of the country, which is something to be bothered and think about, he added.
Further, he challenged the aspirants of the competitive exams, local entrepreneurs, leaders, Church workers to imbibe the spirit of hard work and honesty and dedication which our forefathers had possessed.
Earlier, the heralding of the festival was pronounced by Mr. Khoni Ashem, Hd. GB, Tuensang town and Rev. H. Sangkap, Pastor, Tuensang Town Baptist Church invoked God’s blessing.
A beautiful drama of the significance of the Poanglϋm festival was enacted by the Ngangpong sochumers (hostellers).
Meanwhile, welcome note and short speech was delivered by the Host. A special number was presented by Chang Students’ Union Tuensang Town (CSUTT) which was followed by a walk to Khongdang (stalls).
Also, K/khel, Tuensang village, Kejok Union Tuensang Town, Yangpi Sao Thangjam, Tuensang Town, Chingmei Mϋtli Thangjam Tuensang Town, Konya Union Tuensang Town and Yimchunger Cultural Troupe displayed folk dances in the afternoon.
Miss Chang pageant was also held to mark the occasion later in the evening.