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Tuluni celebration reports from Kohima and Dimapur

DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 7/8/2018 12:37:48 AM IST
Tuluni the premier Sumi festival is being celebrated with much pomp and gaiety across Nagaland.
Kohima: The Sumi Community of Hospital area, Officers’ Hill and P.R. Hill Colonies, Kohima jointly celebrated Tuluni on Saturday at State Academy Hall under the theme, “Kuqha Kivi” (Progressive Unity).
Speaking at the program as the Tuluni Father, secretary LRD and finance, Y. Kikheto Sema appreciated the theme chosen by the organizers stating that progressing together in unity was the need of the hour for Naga society.
He said the celebration of Tuluni festival falls during the mid year when all field work is completed and people pray for a bountiful harvest. “During this time of the year, we all pray to Almighty God for a bountiful harvest after putting all hard labour in the fields,” he added.
He said this was no time for infighting but a time to march ahead in peace and unity uplifting each other in every possible way. “This is how healing can be realized in our society,” he said.
He recalled that the forefathers celebrated Tuluni during the first week of July spanning seven days. “Even before the advent of Christianity, if our forefathers had prayed to unseen God for a bountiful harvest, then after embracing Christianity, we have more and better reasons to be thankful to God and seek His blessings,” Kikheto said. 
According to him, people remain prayerful during Tuluni anticipating a good harvest. He stated that discussions were being held among Sumi elders to propose observance of Tuluni for the entire first week of July and not necessarily only on July 8.
“Setting aside all political and church affiliations, let us all march together for a progressive society in unity,” he appealed.
Some of the highlights during the celebration included presentation of folk songs, traditional wear exhibition and other entertainments.
Dimapur: Thilixu Village Baptist Church (TVBC) on July 6 celebrated Tuluni festival and organised a cultural and traditional program.
A press release by TVBC stated that in the program, Thilixu Village GB Tokishe lamented that the present generation had forgotten the culture and traditions of their ancestors.
He pointed out the close bond shared by the community in the past and he encouraged the people to emulate it by abiding with the laws and respecting each other. Tokishe also urged the people to preserve and promote one’s culture and traditions.
The release said that the program commenced with a scripture reading and prayer by Associate Pastor Z. Hukiye and ended with a prayer by Associate Women Pastor Hotoli. Competitions on various traditional games and activities were held between six colonies of the village.

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