Tokhu Emong, Chalo Loku
Pic courtesy: Sandeep Chetan via Flickr

Tokhu Emong, Chalo Loku, and other interesting festivals in India

The month of Kartik in the Hindu Lunar calendar is of great significance to Hindu religion. Almost in every part of India, the Kartik Purnima is commemorated with a lavish celebration of religion and trade in the form of Community Fairs. The most well-known among these festivals are Pushkar Mela (the largest camel trade fair in the world), Rann Utsav, Sonepur Cattle Fair and Bateshwar Fair. There is also a multitude of lesser known, but equally vibrant, fairs and festivals of similar nature – the likes of Lavi Fair, Shamlaji Fair, Kolayat Fair, Chandrabhaga fair, Boondi Utsav, that lighten up India in a mood of festive glamour. Although each of these celebrations is exciting, they tend to be excessively crowded and difficult to get a place in last minute.

But, India is a land of as much diversity as similarity. Here we take a look at a few, lesser known, but equally interesting, festivals that dot the many diverse parts of the country, where you might still be able to get in for a closer view at the Indian culture scene:

Tokhu Emong in Nagaland

Date in 2016: 7th November

Pic Courtesy: Supriya Sahgal on Flickr
Pic Courtesy: Supriya Sahgal on Flickr

Tokhu Emong is a festival celebrated by the Lotha Nagas in the Indian state of Nagaland. Tokhu means venturing out in groups from house to house, accepting refreshments and Emong means the halt at a specified time. This is a harvest festival of merriment and fun. The festival is marked with folk music and dance and is a celebration of brotherhood, forgiveness and oneness. If a stranger happens to visit the village before the beginning of the festival, they either have to leave the village prior to sunset or be a guest until the culmination of the festival. The Lothas also arrange for marriages right after the festival, as the time is considered auspicious for intimacy.

Nongkrem Dance Festival in Meghalaya

Date in 2016: 13th November

By Bogman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Bogman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The Nongkrem Dance Festival is held in Smit, the cultural center of the Khashi Hills of Meghalaya. This festival is dedicated to the powerful Goddess Ka Blei Synshar, praying for a rich harvest. The five-day long religious festival is celebrated with the famous Nongkrem dance, performed by unmarried girls in their traditional costumes. They dance with a sword in one hand and white yak hair in the other – a visual treat for those present. Animal sacrifice is performed to Lei Shillong, the God of the Shillong peak.

Also read: Here are the breathtaking Autumn Festivals around India

About Anumita Ghosh

Anumita believes her calling has to do with the written words. She loves to write and read, and has recently given up a(n) (almost) rocking career in the Corporate to pursue her passion. Yes, she is slightly off her rocker, but then the society has been largely accepting of her madness. She is the co-founder of Blank Slate Chronicles and a struggling domestic apprentice, not to mention a loving (yet inadequately skilled) mother to a toddler.

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