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‘Tokhu Emong’ celebrated in Chumu, Dmu
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR Nov. 7(NPN):
Published on 8 Nov. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Tokhu Emong, the premier and cultural festival of Kyong (Lotha) was celebrated with pomp and gaiety by the Kyong community of Chumukedima at Agape School, Chumukedima and Dimapur at DDSC on Sunday.
In Chumukedima, the celebration was graced by SSP (Int), K. Elias Lotha as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said it was time for the Kyong community to change their mindset and show some reverence to the festival.
He said the Kyong community of Chumukedima should have extended the celebration by a day or should have pressed forward as it coincided with the Sabbath day (Sunday). In this regard he reminded the audience saying: “Don’t misuse Sunday, and don’t set bad example to your children”, and urged parents to follow the Christian principles.
On the occasion, the chief guest also encouraged the Kyong community of Chumukedima not to spend their resources on programmes but to come up with proposals to help students who have cleared preliminary round in civil services.
Also speaking on the occasion, Zanbemo Odyuo IPS (retd) urged the Kyongs to recognize and preserve the rich culture and tradition that has been practiced since ages. According to him, a community could be recognized only through one’s rich tradition and unity among the tribe.
Underscoring the importance of the festival, he urged the gathering not to believe in false notion and idol worship practiced in ancient times, but to extract the positive values of the festival.
Highlights of the celebration included traditional dance and song competition and tug-of-war competition from various groups followed by Tokhu feast. The programme was organized by Chumukedima Lotha Hoho.
Earlier, the programme started with an invocation prayer by pastor Lotha Baptist Church, Chumukedima, R.Y. Ovung followed by welcomed song by Pangti Cultural Society and traditional dance by Lotha Students Union, Patkai Christian College.
In may be recalled that in some district the festival was celebrated on Saturday.

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