Lothas celebrate Tokhü Emong festival

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/7/2020 1:10:45 PM IST

Tokhü Emong, the premier festival of Lotha Nagas was celebrated in a subdued manner during this pandemic on November 7. It was celebrated more as a family get together in small groups in various localities across the state. The festival was observed solemnly with more focus on imparting to younger generation the values of family bonding, forgiveness, love, honesty, integrity, respect for elders and community service.  

Moilan Khel Wophang Taro Bosti: Moilan Khel Wophang Taro Bosti (MKWTB), Karbianglong Assam observed the celebration by maintaining Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs).

The programme was attended by the family members of the Lotha community residing at MKWTB in their colourful traditional attire. 

During the celebration, welcome note was given by Yansathung Ovung, invocation prayer offered by Rhanlamo and Tokhü greetings delivered by Nchenthung Humtsoe.  

Significance of the festival was shared by Nlumsao, where he called upon the community to come in unity, to celebrate the festival in a true way of forgiveness and with positive approach. He also impressed upon the community to strive for cooperation and coexist in peace and harmony to build positive contributions to the society. Blessing prayer was proposed by Jonsumo Ovung. Vote of thanks was delivered by Mhathung and was followed by mass prayer. The programme was further followed Tokhü feast. (Staff Reporter) 

Lotha Union Chümoukedima: Lotha Union Chümoukedima (LUC) celebrated its 50th golden jubilee-cum-Tokhu Emong at LUC community hall under the theme, “soar higher” with T. A. Ngullie, ex-minister as special guest on November 7. 

A press release by LUC chairman, L. T. Lotha and general secretary, Longshithung Lotha stated that, T. A. Ngullie as special guest in his speech said that, Lothas had been moulders of many community and public luminaries of the past and must be equally balanced in the present and future. He also said that Lothas were unique with rich tradition and culture and Wokha district has been the birth place of Naga tribal union. He further appealed Lotha public in general to have oneness, forgiveness, to give and sacrifice more for noble endeavour of humanity.

Earlier, programme was chaired by Longshithung Kikon gen/secy LUC, greetings by L. T. Lotha, chairman LUC, while N. Thungchio Lotha pastor Lotha Baptist Church Chümoukedima pronounced invocation prayer. Jubilee souvenir was released by Zanbemo Lotha, Lotha Tokhu Emong history was shared by Marius Yanthan, special Tokhu song presented by LYOC and vote of thanks was proposed by Nzanbemo Ngullie vice/chairman LUC. Benediction was offered by Fr. Peter Pithungo principal, St Anthony School Tenyiphe followed by Tokhu feast.

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