WoRPO celebrates Tokhu Emong festival
Wokha, Nov. 6 (EMN): Wozhuro Range Public Organisation (WoRPO) comprising of six villages namely Phiro, Shaki, Sankiton, Meriyan, Yanthung and Totsu celebrated a combined ‘Tokhu Emong’ festival for the first time at Wozhuro stadium on November 6.
Coming together with a vision to strengthen a bond relationship and unity among the villages, WoPRO was formed in the year 2017. It was on the spirit of unity among the six villages that the organisation could celebrate Tokhu Emong.
One older person from the range (Eramo), Yiremo Ovung, graced the celebration and declared the Tokhu open. He also shared stories of the past on how the ancestors celebrated Tokhu festival with joy, forgiveness and sharing.
He thanked all the people for coming together for the first time thereby fulfilling the long awaiting dream of the public. He further urged to continue strengthening the relationship between the villagers and with the rest of the community.
Thungjanshio Odyuo, pastor of Phiro Baptist Church, invoked God’s blessings, while a welcome addressed was delivered by Dr. Mhabemo Ovung, member of WoPRO Tokhu Emong organising committee.
One minute silent prayer was observed in paying homage to those members who have passed away in the current year.
Tokhu song was presented by Phiro Eloe Okho. Indigenous games like fire making, spear throw, tug of war, grease pole climbing by men folk and display of traditions shawls making by women group were other highlights of the celebration.
On November 7, variety of indigenous Tokhu competitions including folk song and dance, fire making, spear throwing, catapult shooting, tug of war, bamboo pole climbing, and traditional cotton spinning and traditional attire contest will be held to mark the occasion.
Attractive prizes will be given to the winners of all categories. Commissioner and Secretary, A Wopen Lotha, will also be releasing a book on career guidance on November 7.