Nagaland celebrates Tuluni with great pomp and gaiety

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Kohima, July 9: The premier festival of Sumi Nagas, Tuluni, was celebrated across Nagaland, with celebrations in Kohima displaying much pomp under the auspices of Kohima Sumi Hoho.

Thousands of Sumis in their traditional fineries joined the celebration, which was marked with cultural dances, songs, indigenous games and Tuluni feast. Kohima Village Council chairman Neivor Rutsa meanwhile said that the Tuluni festival symbolizes fraternity, solidarity, sharing and oneness not only among the Sumi community but Nagas as a whole. During the Tuluni Festival there are prayers and offerings that are given to Litsaba, who is the deity of fruitfulness who gives life and protection to the crops. Gracing the festival as ‘Tuluni Father,’ Minister for PWD (Roads & Bridges), Y Vikheho Swu stressed on the need to revisit tradition in all its glory and its richness.Noting that in the past, rural wealth was amasse through paddy fields, cattle rearing and agriculture, the Minister urged for the revival of traditional practices. He called upon the people to live up to the image of Nagas as brave, hardworking, honest and self sufficient.

The significance of Tuluni was shared Vihuto Yepthomi while a welcome address was delivered by Kohima Sumi Hoho president Edward K. Zhimomi.

About the Tuluni Festival:

Tuluni Festival  is the premier festival of Sumi Nagas, one of the major Naga tribes in Nagaland, India.

During the Tuluni Festival in Nagaland , a goblet is made with the leaf of plantain , to serve the rice beer. Tuluni is the name of this wine that is consumed by the Sumi tribe. “anni’ is another name for ‘Tuluni’ meaning the season of plenteous crops.

The Tuluni Festival of Nagaland is celebrated around the second week of the month of July.

To make the celebrations much more joyous, it is during the Tuluni festival that the fiancé is invited over to the finacee’s place and the young couples exchange gifts. Engaged couples get married and start their new lives and all are fed lavishly with meat and other delicious food. There are folk songs and ballads that are sung to keep the spirit of the festival high.

Swu further stated that there is a need for people to play a positive role in changing mindsets for the betterment of Naga society. Instead of focusing too much on tribal lines, he called upon all to come together and work towards the common issue of the Nagas, news agency The Morung Express reported. 

He also stressed on the need to adopt comprehensive mechanism to take the Naga society forward. “We must become self sufficient and self reliant,” he said.

Citing the rich culture and tradition of the Nagas, he said that any nation without culture and tradition is like a tree without leaves. “We have to preserve our tradition and culture to maintain Naga identity,” he stated. Rutsa further appealed to every individual to “repose our faith in each other and together start the new beginning.” He further encouraged all Naga people to share a sense of belonging in Kohima, the state capital.

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