ITANAGAR, Jan 5: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh and Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu have greeted the people on the occasion of Si-Donyi, the most prominent festival of the Tagins.
In his message, Singh said: “Si Donyi plays a significant role in defining the true nature of customs, traditions and culture of the Tagins. On this joyous occasion, I offer my prayers to Almighty Si Donyi to invoke His blessings for promoting peace, communal harmony, a good harvest and good health for all.”
He said the beliefs behind the festival are rooted deep in the indigenous religious and cultural ethos and is an expression of the reverence and respect of today’s generation towards the wisdom of their founding fathers.
In a separate message today, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu expressed hope that the festival would spread the message of love, peace and communal harmony among all tribes of the State.
Expressing concern that massive transitions in recent times have eroded traditional and cultural practices of the tribal communities, Khandu hoped that the festival will help preserve, promote and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the Tagins.
“On this auspicious occasion, I urge the learned elders to pass on the folk proverbs, folklores, folk songs and folk dances to the younger generation so that we can preserve and showcase our distinct socio-cultural identity forever,” he added. THE SENTINEL