Lotha community celebrates Tokhu Emong amid calls for unity
Wokha, Nov. 5 (EMN): The premier festival of the Lotha Naga community, the Tokhu Emong mini-Hornbill festival started on November 4 at the local ground in Wokha. The second day of the celebrations, on November 5, also featured competitions in indigenous dance forms and music.
The Transport commissioner for Nagaland, Elias T Humtsoe, attended the second day of the festival as its special invitee.
In his address to the gathering, the official urged for togetherness for the common good and welfare of the Lotha community. He reflected on Christian values, and advised showing love, peace and unity in action rather than being a Christian only in name.
The official called for brotherhood and unity reminding that everyone is created by God in his image. He called population ‘wealth’ which he said is a ‘gift.’ The official said, ‘Together we can create power and have achievements.’
Humtsoe told the community not to create ‘death’ for the younger generation but to uphold the community pride of their ancestors. They can do so by creating ‘good history’ and gift it to the younger generation, he said. The Tokhu celebrations are an effort of ancestors from time immemorial to keep the community united, the people were told.
Various community groups participated in the ‘indigenous dance and song competition’ in the morning while the evening session had a talent show and competition, which Colonel Hiren Borah commandant of the 28th Assam Rifles at Wokha attended as its special guest.
Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi will be the chief guest while member of the legislative assembly Mmhonlumo Kikon will be the chief host for the November 7 Tokhu Emong celebration.
The government publicity agency the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) also gave updates on Monday informing about the festival.
Earlier, on November 4, the inaugural function was attended by member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Dr. Chumben Murry, the IPR stated.
The legislator inaugurated various stalls that had been set up there by nongovernmental organisations and government departments.
The chairman of the Lotha Hoho Mhondamo Ovung, greeted the community during the opening day of the festival, the updates stated.