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Advisor Imkong L Imchen organizes the Moatsu festival in Kohima

First print: May 1, 2024 7:17 PM IST

Moatsu is a festival celebrated by Ao People of Nagaland. It was celebrated in Kohima with colorful displays of dancing and merriment.

Senior Politician and Advisor on Information and Public Relations, Soil and Water Talks Imkong L Imchen hosted the Moatsü Festival celebrations at his official residence in Kohima on Monday. The celebration was organized by Mangmetong Senso Telongjem Kohima.

Moatsu is a festival celebrated by Ao People of Nagaland. It was celebrated in Kohima with colorful displays of dancing and merriment.

The festival is celebrated every year during the month of May, specifically from May 1 to 3, to invoke God’s blessings for healthy crops after sowing is completed.

Moatsü is also considered the festival of community bonding, where villagers celebrate their friendships through gift exchange, feasting, singing and dancing.

Traditional songs and dances presented by various groups were the other highlights of the Moatsü celebrations, followed by a traditional Moatsü feast.

Speaking at the Moatsü Celebrations, Advisor Imkong L. Imchen said that Nagas as a tribal society had many rituals and beliefs which in recent times have filtered down to just the celebration of one or two major festivals of each tribe.

However, Imchen pointed out that it was important to celebrate and showcase cultural traits to ensure that our unique culture and traditions are not lost. He added that in a city like Kohima, inhabited by different tribes, the beauty of Naga society can be observed as different tribes exhibit and present their own unique culture and tradition to each other and live together in harmony.

Imchen concluded by saying that it is the responsibility of every Naga to exhibit and practice our rich cultural heritage and ensure that it is properly preserved for years to come.

Speaking on behalf of the Ao lawmakers, Law & Justice and Land Revenue Advisor TN Men thanked the Mangmetong Senso Telongjem Kohima and his co-legislator Imkong L Imchen for organizing and hosting the Moatsu Celebrations 2024.

TN Men briefly shared the significance of the Moatsü Festival in today’s society and said that festivals are the foundation of culture and traditions. Men also said that celebrating festivals was a social necessity and urged everyone to strive for unity and live a disciplined life, just as our ancestors did.

N. Meren, President Mangmetong Senso Telongjem Kohima welcomed the guests and formally declared the Moatsü celebrations open while Er. Imnamenen Imchen gave a vote of thanks.

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