Traditional shows, entertainment mark day two

R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 17th Oct: Sustaining the festive spirit, various traditional games, floral exhibitions and musical entertainments were organised, enthralling the locals of Shirui village and visitors/tourists from outside on day second of the ongoing state-level Shirui Lily Festival at the local Heritage Ground, Vangayan on Thursday.
Attending the event as chief guest Tangkhul Naga Zingtun Longphang (TNZL) chairman Mangang Raman appealed to the gathering to accelerate the progress for reviving ancient traditional and customary values of the community.
“Let this occasion be a time for us all to realize the urgency of reviving the losing tradition and culture of our forefathers”, he pleaded.
At the same time, he noted that the present-day society has somehow realized the importance of preservation of the culture, tradition and practical values of their forbearers.
“Which is why, we can see considerable efforts being made towards reviving our culture and tradition today. But, honestly, we still have a long way to go before we could fully secure the invaluable culture and tradition of our forefathers”, he observed.
He further lamented that contrary to olden day practices; today's younger generation is disrespecting many of the traditional values within the family and the society as well.
In his welcome address, Mayopam Shangh secretary LOC, said that celebration of Shirui Lily festival is not only for local villagers, but for the entire communities of the state to unite in preserving and promoting the unique lily. He also urged the people of the district to continue to be a part of the celebration to promote Tangkhul culture and tourism industry in the district.
Meanwhile, different traditional competitive events like pole climbing, tug of war and others were conducted, with locals and visitors participating in the events.
Generation Squad, a young dancing group, entertained the crowd with their swift gymnast stuns and physical movements.
Popular Tangkhul singers like Shimreingam Horam, Nimshimphi Muuvah and Chonchon Varah also enthralled the attendees with their musical performances.


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