Ukhrul: Jessami village began celebration of Tekru-nge festival with the theme “The Restoration of our Cultural Value.”
Speaking at the occasion, Tsirotho Pochury, chairman, Meluri village council who attended as the inaugural chief guest said, “Our relationship was not that sound before due to village boundary dispute. But now, as the two village – Jessami and Meluri had reached permanent settlement of boundary dispute, there is nothing more obstacle to strengthen our relation.
Stressing on the essence of building stronger relationship between the two village, Pochury, who accompanied by his Village Council colleagues, Village Chief, Head GB and GBs, ex-Chairmen, youth leaders and other dignitaries from Meluri village and town, exhorted both sides to “work towards strengthening better relationship by encouraging inter-marriage.”
The chief guest also handed out a token of love to the Tekru-nge board.
Welcoming all to the auspicious occasion, Anizote Mekrisuh, chairman, Jessami Village Council greeted happy Tekru-nge and welcomed the honorable chief guest from Meruli village and the villagers to the inaugural function of Tekru-Nge festival, 2022.
Mekrisuh stated that today is our generation, tomorrow will be our children, then grandchildren, and great grandchildren will follow as such, we will remain neighbors. Hence, relationship between Jessami and Meluri should grow stronger day by day and year by year.
Highlighting the significance of Tekru-Nge festival celebration, he said: “The first day is the beginning of the celebration, the 2nd day is locally called ”EPFUTSII TEKRU” which means the sanctification of young boys by killing the spotless cock. On this day all the male members shall go to the streams or pond early in the morning even before the birds and animals got up and take bath with pure and overflowing stream and pond water in order to wash away all the diseases and to begin a brand new life with fortune and prosperity for the whole year.
In the same way, on the 2nd day, the young girls are sanctified with unblemished hen. All the female members take bath early in the morning as it was done by males.
Jessami Village has four khels and during this festival the villagers play cultural dances and folk songs by khel wise. All the villagers both male and female wear traditional attire.
The festival which began in January 18 ends on January 20.