Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Ahuna-cum-mini hornbill festival celebration commences

Staff Reporter

Ahuna, the post-harvest festival of the Sümis, cum-mini hornbill festival celebration commenced Saturday in Niuland and Zunheboto districts.
In Chümoukedima, Highway Area Sumi Public Organisation (HASPO) will celebrate the festival on November 14.
In Niuland, the programme was organized by Niuland Area Citizens’ Forum (NACF) with minister PHED, Jacob Zhimomi as Ahuna papuh” (Ahuna father).
Extending Ahuna greetings, Jacob said that languages were the primary means of keeping the culture alive.
He encouraged the gathering to constitute area wise board to uphold the learning of one’s own language. He also lauded the efforts of the Sümi community of Nuiland district in preserving the traditional customs and practices of Sümi ancestors.
On the recent recognition of Nuiland as district, the minister said that many development activities of the district was on the pipeline. For this, he called upon the gathering to extend support and cooperation to the government.
Exhortation was delivered by NDGB’SA president Jepitoshe L Jakha and NAGB’SA president Tokishe Zhimo.
At the festival invocation was offered by NAPLF chairman Ilhoshe Pucho and welcome address by
NACF president Kakishe K Shikhu, word of appreciation was delivered by NACF member Bohoto Aye, Ahuna song was presented by WSBAK Akuvuto music institute music teacher Vivi Achumi and special song by Kino Chophy.
Cultural presentations such as aphilo kuwo (Sumi warrior dance), Imuno pi sujo sujo, lijole, Thihele and Thighale were performed.
While traditional Sumi games such as angukupusu, amikukula and aghiyi mili Kimichi were also organised.
Later vote of thanks was delivered by NACF member Toikhu Chophy which was followed by Ahuna feast.
Zunheboto: Three-day Ahuna, the post-harvest festival of the Sümis, cum-mini hornbill festival celebration commenced Saturday at Local Ground, Zunheboto Town.
According to a DIPR report, the first of the festival jointly organised by Sümi Hoho (SH) and Zunheboto district administration was graced by SH former president, Dr. HokisheYeputhomi as the “AhunaPapu”.
In his address, Yeputhomi highlighted the gathering on the significance of Ahuna festival and sought “ancestral blessings” for the Sümi tribe through a prayer. He also underscored the importance of educating the younger generation about Sümi tradition and culture.
Highlights of the first day of the festival included various indigenous competitions, displays and presentations. The three-day festival will be graced by deputy chief minister, Y Patton as the special guest and advisor, food and civil supplies, LMCP &taxes, Pukhayi Sümi, advisor, tourism, art & culture, H Khehovi Yeputhomi and Er. Picto Shohe, MLA, as guests of honour.
An extravaganza night featuring various artists from Nagaland will be graced by advisor, School Education & SCERT, K Tokugha Sukhalu as the special guest.
HASPO: Highway Area Sumi Public Organisation (HASPO) comprising of 21 villages will be celebrating “Ahuna” festival on November 14 at Agri Expo, 4th mile, Chümoukedima.
The festival will be celebrated under the theme “Sumi dolo kuqhakulu, kikimiye, kulakishi eno sukusho” meaning Unity, love, peace and protection among Sumi.
Sumi Kukami Hoho president Kashito Yepthomi as will graced the celebration as Ahuna papuh (Ahuna father) and PHED minister, Jacob Zhimomi as special guest.
Highway Area Sumi Public Organisation president Vikuto Awomi said that due to pandemic no event could be organized during the last two years. He informed that last year a meeting was organized to celebrate the festival where in permission was also granted by the Sumi Hobo and to blessed the celebration.
Various cultural extravaganza and traditional games and sports will be part of the festival celebration. And exotic food will also be part of the cuisine, HASPO informed.

Folk dance at the ‘Ahuna’ festival at Zunheboto on Saturday. (DIPR)
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