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Exciting chili eating competition in Nagaland

A Correspondent
Kohima, December 6, 2010: In continuation of the celebration of the Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage village Kasima, highlights of both morning and afternoon session included folk dances, songs and ritual dramas showcasing the different significance of the Naga tribes of Rengma, Sumi, Chang, Kachari, Zeliang, Sangtam, Ao, Angami, Chakhesang, Phom, Kuki, Konyak, Yimchuner, Lotha, Khiamniungan and Pochury.  

The America musical group also entertained the crowd.            
The first ever-historic event of Naga king chilly eating competition was also held at Naga Heritage Village Kisama. A total of 11 participants took part in the competition. James Angami who ate 8 hot Naga chillies was declared the winner of the competition and walked away with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- while Neluyi Chakhesang and H. Pukhu Khiamniungan ate 5 and 4 chillies respectively.            

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Law & Justice, Yitachu was the Chief Patron of the competition. Dr. Throshe and his medical team gave first aid to the participants. Director, Horticulture department, Joseph gave away the prizes.            

The first ever Naga chilly eating competition was organised and conducted by XL group. The officials also said that the chilly is officially declared as Naga King chilly and is officially registered in the department of Horticulture, Government of Nagaland.