Veyielo Doulo with others at the Khezhakeno People’s Day on December 3. (Morung Photo)
Khezhakeno (Phek) | December 3
The 5th Khezhakeno People’s Festival as part of the Nagaland Hornbill Festival kicked off at Khezhakeno in Phek district on December 3.
Honoring the event at Tepfulomi Tazao, Veyielo Doulo, additional director of Nagaland’s tourism department, stressed the need to raise the level of the Khezhakeno people’s festival to reach more visitors.
Stating that Khezhakeno is a historical place and a migration point for many Naga tribes, he suggested that a piece of land be given to each Naga tribe to build their respective Morungs at the festival site.
This, he said, will result in bringing the Nagas together and will also serve as a “homecoming” for many, who migrated from Khezhakeno. He also called on villagers to convey a positive attitude to tourists. A comprehensive package of tourism-related activities will boost the rural economy and also generate employment, he said.
Doulo assured to organize a training program for the villagers on Home Stay by next year. Stating that tourism is not just about culture, he stressed the need to focus on ecotourism. In this, he called on people to conserve flora and fauna. “We should love our nature,” he said.
Khezhakeno Village Council Chairman Dr. Lhouchinyi shared his greetings. The program was chaired by Medovelo Sono while the vote of thanks was proposed by the president of the Khezhakeno Youth Organization, Lhouvietsho Pfiino. Pfolo, Associate Pastor KCRC Upper delivered a word of blessing while Dikha Sono, Associate Pastor, NCRC Khezhakeno Lower delivered a prayer of blessing.
About the holiday of the Khezhakeno people
Launched in 2018, the Khezhakeno People’s Festival is held annually by the Khezhakeno Youth Organization (KYO) at the Chida Resort under Khezhakeno Village in Phek District, coinciding with the annual Nagaland Hornbill Festival.
The main objective of this festival is to promote people-to-people interaction and cultural exchange not only on the ground, but with the outside world as a whole. The festival is sponsored by the Tourism Department of the Government of Nagaland.
Khezhakeno is one of the tourist destinations and is widely renowned for its historical significance. The Village was the home of the Nagas ancestors. It was once home to several different tribes who dispersed and migrated over time to other parts of northeastern India.
The village has a vital contribution to Nagaland tourism due to its heritage, cultural beauty and historical significance as well as its splendor as seen in Lake Chida, according to KYO.
The village is 48 km from the state capital, Kohima, via the NEC Viswema-Kidima-Zuketsa road and 23 km from its sub-division headquarters, Pfutsero.
The People’s Day will continue until December 10.
It will be marked by the demonstration of traditional games, Naga wrestling, photography competition, tug of war, bamboo pole climbing, village walk, hiking, etc.