Pre-Christmas festive fever has gripped Nagaland with individuals, organizations and government agencies organizing various programmes across the hill state dominated by Christian populace. The slew of events that dominated the landscape for past week were not only confined to merrymaking, music or dance. The occasion was being used as platform to send a message of peace, compassion, moral armament and meaningful engagement of youth in society.
In a pre-Christmas celebration programme in his official residence, chief minister Neiphiu Rio called upon all to work for peace and unity with the spirit of forget and forgive as the present Naga society is grappled with hatred and violence. Senior ministers, legislators and government officials took part in the celebration at State Banquet Hall where chief minister joined others singing a carol on the occasion. As part of Year of Capacity Building, many youth clubs both at Kohima and Dimapur organized sports and musical events heralding a mood of festivity in the trouble-torn state.
Buildings have been decorated with light in the capital town where Christmas Stars twinkle everywhere after dusk. In commemoration of the Year of Capacity Building 2008, a two-day pre-Christmas celebration was organized at Mon by district planning and development board (DPDB) on the theme, Christ the Light, Peace on Earth, reflecting unity and oneness among multi-ethnic society of Mon town. Noted social worker Niketu Iralu, member of Moral Re-Armament (MRA), now christened as Action for Life, joined the celebration with other members of this social movement.