Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) organised a two-day “Annual Cultural Fest” under the theme, “Flowers of our roots” on March 17 and 18. The fest was jointly organised by the Students Union of Patkai Christian College and the Post Graduate Students’ Welfare Committee.
Speaking on the occasion as special guest on the inaugural day, MLA, Bhandari Assembly Constituency under Wokha district, Achumbemo Kikon called upon the youths to play a pivotal role in safeguarding the rich tradition and culture of the state.
He also encouraged the young minds to go back to reading and gain full knowledge thereby being an asset to the society and not a liability.
Appreciating the college for observing “Cultural Day” in the college, he said this will enable the young minds to understand the importance of preservation.
Earlier, principal PCC, Dr. T Peiru, while welcomed the guests, informed that the objective of the celebration is to encourage faculty and students to participate in preservation and promotion of the rich and vibrant culture and tradition of various communities in Patkai.
On the second day, assistant professor, Political Science department, Dr. Zhoto Tunyi impressed upon the importance of observing annual cultural fest and said that invoking and partaking in symbolic cultural activities, they are telling stories and reclaiming their history by creating a space for them to come together to strengthen common ties and celebrate diversity.
Calling the youths, the “keeper of culture”, Dr. Tunyi urged them to foster and value each other’s culture.
The two-day celebration concluded with various activities such as ethnic fashion show, group dance, folk drama, cultural dish competition, bamboo climbing, men and women’s tug of war, men’s deadlift, men’s pull up, women’s squat and Naga wrestling.
One of the highlights of the two-day event was the preparation of ethnic cuisines by the students in their respective communities’ Morungs.
Thereafter, the foods prepared were shared with all the attendees and guests to ensure that everyone present tasted the dishes of various tribes studying at Patkai.
Apart from various tribes of Nagaland, students from Manipur, Mizoram, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh also put-up their Morungs and shared their cuisine.