Tokhü Emong festival celebrated across the state

Tokhü Emong festival celebrated across the state
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/7/2019 11:49:35 AM IST

Tokhü Emong, the premier post harvest festival of the Lotha tribe was celebrated with great fervour and gaiety in different districts across the state on November 7.

Dimapur state stadium: TokhüEmong was celebrated at State Stadium, Dimapur on Thursday where the community shared greetings and feasted together. 

The programme was organized by Lotha Hoho Dimapur. Significance of observing Tokhü Emong was highlighted by retd. joint general manager NST, C. Joseph Ovung. 

Lotha Hoho Dimapur chairman, Etsungmomo Kikon, who delivered the speech to welcome Tokhü Emong, recalled how the forefathers even before embracing Christianity celebrated the festival with thanksgiving remembering that there was “someone” who had blessed them. He also said that during those days, the festival was celebrated in a systematic way after the priest made announcement. In this regard, he called upon the gathering to celebrate the festival in the spirit of oneness and respecting the elders.

Dr. Roland Lotha, former vice-chairman, Lotha Hoho Dimaur and class-I contractor, who hosted the feast, called upon the community to first disciplined among themselves in order to march forward. Lamenting that creation of various organizations in the society, have created division among the people, he called upon the Lothas to come together by leaving aside the past differences and join with the people of the state at this crucial juncture when everyone was longing for peace. “As a leader you have to take the blame when something goes wrong and give credit to those good things,” he said. 

He also called upon the leaders to retrospect and work for the people reminding them that a leader without thinking credit can do much for the society. On the occasion, a blessing prayer for the community was said by pastor Lotha Baptist Church Dimapur, Rev. Zanao Mozhui. 

Earlier, the first anthem of Lotha Hoho Dimapur was sung by students of Golden Crown Theological College, Nagarjan. The programme began with an invocation by pastor Lotha AG Church, Dimapur, Rev. Thebemo Yanthan. 

Highlights of the celebration included welcome address by convenor of Tokhü Emong celebration, Thungchanthung Murry, cultural songs by Yeni Von, Yantala Cultural Troupe, Kyong Colony and Tokhü song by Meribeni Patton. Vote of thanks was delivered by Lotha Hoho Dimapur general secretary, W. Rainbow Ngullie. (Staff Reporter) 

Moilan Khel Wapay Taro Bosti: With must fervour and gaiety, the post harvest festival of the Lotha community was celebrated on November 7, organized by the Moilan Khel Wapay Taro Bosti Karbianglong Assam. 

In the celebration, a brief programme was also organized which was chaired by Thungso Humtsoe, invocation prayer was pronounced by T Yentaslo. 

Significance of the festival was shared by Yansathung Ovung wherein he expounded on how the festival was celebrated in the past years and the importance of it. 

Short sharing on the importance of the festival was also delivered by Terilo Tungoe who stated that it was the day of forgiveness, brotherhood and unity. She also pondered on the importance of traditional folk songs saying present generation has a wealth of musical options to explore when developing personal taste. However, she added that in the quest for the band or genre that will help shape identity, one tends to dismiss the centuries-old tradition that has impacted countless generations before. Furthermore, Tungoe said that folk music provides an outlet for individuals across boundaries of race, class and location to express their highest joys and deepest sorrows. Vote of thanks was delivered by Ramongo Ovung and Thungalo Ovung offered blessing for the festival feast. (Staff Reporter)

Kohima Agri, Forest and Electrical Colonies: Lotha community of Agri, Forest and Electrical Colonies Kohima celebrated Tokhü Emong at the state capital. 

Addressing at the celebration, additional principal chief conservator of Forests (territorial), department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, M Mhonbemo Ngullie emphasized on the importance of preserving culture and identity to the younger generation. He also called upon the community to celebrate the festival in a true way of forgiveness and unity, while reminding the gathering to celebrate the festival with a positive approach. He further encouraged the young generation to promote the importance of mother tongue and preservation of culture and traditions. Ngullie asked the youths to uphold hard work and honesty that has been practiced by the forefathers. Director Urban Development A. Zanbemo Ngullie spoke on the significance of the festival impressed upon the community to strive for cooperation and coexist in peace and harmony to build positive contributions to the society. Cultural songs and competitions were presented to mark the celebration. (Correspondent)

LUC: Lotha Union Chumoukedima (LUC) celebrated its 49th Tokhü Emong at Chümoukedima town council hall, with Elias T Lotha transport commissioner as the special invitee and Dr Alex Kithan as the special guest. Programme started with prayer by N T Lotha senior associate pastor LBCC. Highlights of the programme were Tokhü song by cultural group Lotha Eloe Ekhung Chümoukedima, traditional dress show by Lotha Youth Organization Chümoukedima. Tug of war among the wards was won by police complex.

Kushiabill & Darogajan villages: Lotha community Kushiabill & Darogajan villages celebrated Tokhü Emong at Mount Zion School, Kushiabill. K Ruby Humtsoe, chairman Lotha community Kushiabill delivered the welcome address and K Nzimongo Ngullie Rtd. commissioner & secretary, Nagaland narrated the significance of Tokhü Emong festival.

Bhandari: In Bhandari sub division Tokhü Emong was celebrated after the departmental monthly coordination meeting at the conference hall of ADC, Bhandari on November 6. 

According to DIPR report, significance of Tokhü Emong, Tumben Tsanglao EAC, Champang stated that besides the many significance of Tokhü Emong, it was also a time for everyone to retrospect, renew and redirect one’s life for the progress of not only the individual but for all for a better future. ADC, Bhandari Tiameren Chang said that Tokhü Emong gives a good opportunity to reach out to one another to foster in a better relations to work together as friends and colleagues even though everyone is entrusted with different responsibilities.

KLH  Ziekezou:  Kohima Lotha Hoho (KLH) Ziekezou Colony celebrated Tokhü at Medical College with much pomp and traditional gaiety. Festival was marked by folk song, modern Lotha song, tug of war, community feast etc.Tug of war was played between married men and colony youth male and also between married women and colony youth female.

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