In this photo shared on Twitter, MoS Kiren Rijiju seen stirring a pot inside a Naga Morung at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on December 7. (Photo Courtesy: @KirenRijiju/ Twitter)
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Union Minister Kiren Rijiju’s visit to Hornbill Festival this year was unique as he apparently got the opportunity to cook Naga dishes inside one of the many Morungs put up at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.
‘When in Nagaland, do as the Nagas do!,” the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports and Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Rijiju, tweeted on December 7, sharing photos of his ‘various activities’ while attending the 20th edition of the festival.
Among others, he shared photo of his address at the main podium, photo with Konyak cultural troupe outside their Morung, and posing with Nagaland deputy chief minister Y Patton outside what appears to be an Ao Morung.
However, the most catching photo was Rijiju sitting near a typical Naga fireplace, stirring a pot of meat, with assorted food arrangement surrounding him, in addition to meat drying above the hearth.
‘Curry seems to be tasty. Want to taste. Really honor your simple lifestyle...,’ a user commented.
‘Very delicious arrangements...Stay blessed always...,’ stated another.
In another tweet, the Minister said that the Hornbill Festival can be rightly termed as "Festival of Festivals.”
It is a magnificent event initiated to revive, protect, sustain, and promote the richness of the Naga heritage and traditions. It's a perfect delight for any visitor, he added.
Earlier, addressing a cultural programme in Kisama, Rijiju further noted that Nagaland has the potential to become one of the hubs for adventure activities and his ministry wants to promote adventure activities in the state to ensure that ‘youth are engaged in gainful employment.’
Pointing out that the festival has become a symbol of Northeast India, the minister also assured to extend help to promote indigenous sports of Northeast, PIB reported.