November 7 means a day for celebration of the Lotha tribe of Nagaland, as it marks the Tokhu Emong festival.
The festival is a celebratory occasion for the community after working hard during the harvest season. It is widely celebrated in Wokha district.
Here are 4 things you should know about the festival:
1) Literally, Tokhu means taking food and drinks, and Emong means to put a stop. Tokhu Emong festival in a way means to halt after the hard-work of the harvest season.
2) Celebrations have toned down compared to the older times. Earlier the festival was a 10-day long event, and now, the main festivities are only on November 7.
3) Earlier, during the festival, people were not allowed to move in or out of the village. But now, it is an opportunity to explore Lotha culture and heritage.
4) Faithful used to make offerings to the Sky God and Earth God for blessing their land and making their fields fertile. However, this is not the case anymore.
5) Wedding ties are also forged during this festive season.