”Feast of love” held in Nagaland for unity and friendship

January 21st, 2009 - 11:13 pm ICT by ANI  

By Vibou Ganguly Kohima, Jan.21 (ANI): Members of the Nagalands Shuya clan from different parts of Kohima, Dimapur and Phek districts, assembled here recently in large numbers for a much-awaited Shuya clan meet headed by 96-year-old L.Shuya.
The event was the traditional feast of love at Meriema, one of the oldest villages in northern Angami area of Kohima.
The Shuya clan from 10 villages of Nagaland came together after a gap of one decade to mark this special occasion.
The event is traditional practice of the clan, which used to occur after an inter-village war as a sort of peace treaty. It was held to encourage unity and friendship among the people. A monolith stone was also unveiled signifying unity and friendship among the members of the clan. Rarovilhou Khfu of Jotsoma village, said: When Kipfhu came from another village, Merie’’s eldest son Shuyatsu and Kipfhu’’s son developed close friendship and became a family. So we are here to carry that tradition forward and get to know each other and to participate in the feast of love. Through this our relationship becomes better and we are at peace with each other. Dr. Thepfudi Shuya, said: “Peace can be brought through such events. This is the true meaning. This is the place where peace was ushered in and we can bring peace through this.” The event, which highlighted the history and the present status of Shuyatsumia in different fields, was marked by songs and concluded with a grand feast. The organization of this special event showcased a strong desire among the locals to spread the message of solidarity and peace among the Nagas, which sets an example for all others. (ANI)

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