The traditional festivals of Phoms according to Elwin Verrier (1961) are Tapve mo, Monyiü, Moinyük mo, Moha, Pang mo, Hehu mo and Man mo. But today Monyiü is their biggest traditional festival. It was celebrated in different times by different villages. But now it is uniformly celebrated from April 1-6.. Most of these festivals revolve around agricultural seasons. Agriculture traditionally has not merely been a means of living but also a way of life. Therefore, religion and spiritual sentiments are inter-woven into Secular rites and rituals. Culture has been integrated with social structure on the one hand and religion on the other.47
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Oha: Oha is a song of merriment. It is sung during Monyiü and Moha festivals, i.e., the spring and autumn festivals and other gala functions. It is a romantic song that narrates stories of varied shades of human life, animals, birds, fishes, plants, grass hoppers, crickets and other insects and many more.
Mailok : Mailok means love song or romantic song. It is a responsive song sung between lovers and also by young people gathering together.
Taken from ‘The Phom Naga Indigenous Religion – B Henshet Phom, Heritage Publishing House Dimapur (2015)