The Tsungremmong Mini Hornbill Festival 2018 got underway at the Imkongmeren Sports Complex on Wednesday with the deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton, formally inaugurating the festival. The festival is a collective celebration initiated by the State government and the people of Mokokchung district.
Patton stated that the festival was aimed at giving equal opportunities to all Naga tribes, promote local entrepreneurs and showcase their rich and beautiful cultural heritage. He hopes that the mini hornbill festival would help in promoting brotherhood among neighbouring districts and States.
Earlier questions were raised regarding the amount of money being spent in the Mini Hornbill festival by Naga People’s Front (NPF) Party. Reports were also published stating that the Mini-Hornbill Festival is an unnecessary government spending, besides keeping the people engaged in festivity the whole year leaving hardly any scope for economic development.
To this, Patton commented that the mini hornbill festival should not be considered as wastage of time, energy and resources, but rather seen as a visionary move taken by the PDA government to encourage people’s participation during premier festivals of different Naga tribes. He also acknowledged the Ao Students’ Conference’s Survival Mokokchung initiative and said that it should be followed in every district.