The 37th celebration of Mon district Kyong (Lotha) Tokhu Emong festival was held at the official residence of ADC Mon. Commemorating the costume of Kyong practices of the forefathers a description of the Tokhu Emong festival was delivered by A. Chumremo Odyuo ADC Mon. Exhortation and Tokhu challenge was presented by N. Kithan Sr. Treasury Officer Mon and Nripemo Humtsoe, GM District Industry Office Mon respectively. Folk song in honour of Tokhu Emong was presented by Er. Daniel Lotha while special modern folk song was presented by Lucy Ngullie Lecturer. Tokhu gifts were distributed to all participants initiated by Rose Ovung Lecturer and Vojamo Patton, stated an official bulletin.
BHANDARI: Bhandari town Kyong Lotha people observed Tokhu Emong festival at local football ground Bhandari. Tokhu celebration started by hoisting a white colour flag signifying peace and friendship unfurled by reverend Abemo Patton, pastor Lotha Baptist Church Bhandari offered invocation prayer. Khosathung Tsopoe a senior citizen of Bhandari town narrated the meaning of Tokhu Emong festival. According to an official bulletin, some highlights of the celebration included participation of folk dance and songs from colonies and exchange of food. The leader of the Tokhu celebration programme was Khongdongia Odyuo. Reverend Father Anthony Parish Priest Bhandari pronounced dedication prayer for the Tokhu Emong.
TSEMINYU: The Lotha community of Tseminyu Sub-Division celebrated the 25th Tokhu Emong at the Lotha Church compound with Hilo Kent Chairperson Tseminyu Town Council as the chief guest. While greeting the community Hilo said the Lothas had come a long way as a distinct community within Tseminyu Sub-Division while being apart of its crowd and progress down the year. According to an official bulletin, Janbemo Kikon Lotha Pastor invoked blessing for the people during celebration of the silver jubilee year. Ayamo Kikon Chairman Lotha Hoho Tseminyu chaired the day’s function.
SANIS: The Lotha/Kyong community celebrated Tokhu Emong festival at Sanis with Secretary Nagaland State Agriculture Marketing Board Chumthungo Mozhüi as the chief guest. According to an official bulletin, addressing the gathering the chief guest extended Tokhu greetings to the Lothas and said that Tokhu was a festival of thanksgiving, reconciliation, sharing love, forgiveness and merry making. He urged the people to preserve and cherish the rich culture and traditions and also encouraged the people to live a dedicated life both with God and to the society. Reverend Khondao Ovung spoke on the significance of Tokhu Emong while Father Mhabemo Mathew of Parish Priest in charge Sanis delivered short speech. Presentation of folk songs and modern songs were the other highlights of the programme.