Kohima (Nagaland), Oct 18(ANI): A three-day long Northeast Youth Festival was recently held in Nagaland, which kicked off with a glittering ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima.
The event themed 'Youth and Creativity' was aimed at the youth of the country, especially those belonging to the northeast in order to make them get along with different cultures.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio inaugurated the festival, which was jointly organized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and the Nagaland Government.
Flying of colorful balloons, various cultural performances and traditional Nagas indigenous sports marked the event.
"This festival is a boon for young folks because they get to understand, intermingle, share each others cultures and even the cuisines because we have exhibition stalls for the food as well. This is a nice way to getting to understand each other and building nation building," said G. Chishi, Project Director.
About 1300 youngsters from all over the country participated in the festival.
Besides exchanging ideas and building their social network, the event also gave those youngsters an opportunity to interact and find out more about different cultures.
"It's good, according to my opinion this is a very good plan by the government because this will bring the people of northeast together. Because we North east as a family, from this program we can bring unity among us," said Ningu Salie, a visitor from Nagaland
Panjal, a participant from Chattisgarh, said that it gave them a wonderful opportunity to unearth different cultures.
"We are making lots of new friends, our social circle have increased. We are getting opportunities to sing, dance, debate, to study different cultures, different diversities. We are getting a chance to get aware about different cultures of our country. We are also getting a chance to know local people from Nagaland," Panjal said.
Besides events like rock band contest, one act play, folk dance and folk music classical dance competitions, an exhibition showcasing arts and crafts from various parts of the country was also displayed during the event, which was well appreciated by all. (ANI)