Indigenous Faith Day celebrated across State in befitting way Budget provision of Rs 20 cr has been kept for DIA: CM

Indigenous Faith Day celebrated across State in befitting way Budget provision of Rs 20 cr has been kept for DIA: CM

ITANAGAR, Dec 1: Going with rest of the State, the Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated here at Nyikum Niya ground, Nirjuli today with performing of a set of rituals and colourful dances by different indigenous groups marking the celebration.

Representatives from various districts of the State representing their indigenous faith participated in the celebration.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu attended the Indigenous Faith Day celebration organised by the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFSCAP) at Nirjuli.

The CM visited a few ritual sites erected by different indigenous faith groups, which was followed by colourful cultural dances from various indigenous groups, according to a press note from CMO.

Khandu, in his speech, extended his wishes for the celebration and recalled the contribution of late Talom Rukbo for his untiring effort to lead the indigenous faith movement.

He said though Arunachal is known by different names -‘Land of Rising Sun’ and ‘Land of Dawnlit Mountains’, it is mostly known for its cultural diversity.

“I thank the elders and seniors in the community who have preserved our belief and culture and have successfully passed it on to the next generation,” he said and urged that it was now the duty of the young generation to preserve it for posterity.

To preserve culture, Khandu stressed on preservation of local languages and emphasised on the role of the parents and the elders to teach their children to speak in their own mother tongue.

“I have my children study in their own home town in Tawang so that they are able to learn their local culture, tradition and dialect. It gives me immense happiness, when my children speak to me in our Monpa dialect,” said the CM.

Urging the people of Arunachal to maintain religious and communal harmony, he said each one of us is free to follow any religion but expressed that it was opposed when forced upon.

The Chief Minister on the occasion informed that a budget provision of Rs 20 crore for the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) has been kept including a Secretary appointed for the department. He also informed that a Chairman and the members of the department will be appointed soon.

Appealing the people to preserve their culture, Agriculture Minister Wangki Lowang said that with the death of an elderly person in the community, dies a portion of our knowledge on culture, dialect and tradition. He, therefore, stressed on the need for documentation and preservation of the indigenous culture.

Khandu earlier released an IFSCAP calendar and a video CD of State level Indigenous Youth festival held the previous year.

He arrived at the venue accompanied by Agriculture Minister Wangki Earlier the CM being accompanied by Lowang was welcomed by men and women, dressed in their indigenous attire.

Also present on the occasion were Chief Information Commissioner Dr Joram Begi, IFSCAP president Ligu Tacho, secretary Bai Taba and members from Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF).


YAZALI: Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated at Yazali today with NES president cum chairman Nyedar Namlo Yazali Bengia Tolum hoisting the Indigenous Faith flag at Community Hall here.

Speaking on the occasion, Tolum urged the gathering to preserve and protect the identity of indigenous community.

Wearing traditional attire, speaking your own dialect is preservation of culture but to preserve your identity is to preserve your faith. To preserve your identity you have to preserve your faith and belief, he said.

Culture is external appearance but faith is your soul, he added.

Dr Tao Tassar, medical officer Yazali speaking as resource person asked the people to introspect the objective of celebrating Indigenous Faith Day. He asked people to not just observe the Day as just another holiday but to come out and celebrate it as the ‘biggest’ occasion.

Er Nabam Chada, jt secretary NIFCS, Lower Subansiri shared a brief history of Indigenous Faith Day and requested everyone to protect, preserve and promote indigenous faith and culture.

AALO: Hundreds of people representing various Kargu Gamgis (prayer centers), representatives from various communities like Galo, Assamese, Adi and Tagin thronged the Gumin Kiin here to celebrate the Indigenous Faith Day cum Donyi Polo Day with fanfare and gaiety. Earlier, the enthusiastic participants took out a massive rally in the streets of Aalo township to commemorate the Day.

Chairing the public function, Moji Bagra said that our identities are established by the faith and culture we exhibit and it is important to preserve and promote our rich age-old cultural values. Donyi Polo Dere Trust Committee chief advisor Doi Ado and president Mogi Ori, and Central Donyi Polo Kargu Gamgi Council secretary Doi Kamduk and vice president Jumda Lendo dwelt elaborately on the concept of Donyi Polo and indigenous faith and called upon all believers to take pride in it and make all out effort to preserve and propagate it.

Various cultural events based on traditional folklores were exhibited by cultural troupes of various Kargu Gamgis. Senior citizens and Kargu Gamgi youths, who are immensely contributing to the growth of Donyi Polo and Kargu Gamgis, were also felicitated on the occasion.

TEZU: Attending the Indigenous Faith Day celebration at Amik Ringya Hall, Tezu as chief guest, Minister for AH & Vety, Research, Art & Culture Dr Mohesh Chai said we should embrace modernity but we should not let it overshadow our (cultural) identity.

“As a Minister of Art and Culture I have responsibility towards promotion and preservation of our indigenous culture and tradition including faith and belief,” he said while addressing the gathering of indigenous faith believers. State Govt under the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu is determined to uphold the cultural integrity of different tribes of our State, he informed.

He added, it is our individual responsibility to uphold the true nature of the age-old tribal traditions and culture which have been passed down to us from our forefathers.

Lohit Deputy Commissioner Karma Leki, who graced the function as guest of honour, called for unity in diversity and communal harmony of all the communities in the district. Change and modification with time is inevitable but the change should be withholding the true essence of our tradition and culture, he stated.

Earlier, acting president of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), Tezu unit Soni Muri paid homage to ‘Golgi Bote’ Talom Rukbo and highlighted aims, objectives, history and origin of Indigenous Faith Day celebration in the State.

Resource person Dr Tasi Taloh, Principal, Indira Gandhi Govt College, Tezu enlightened the believers on the significance and objective of Indigenous Faith Day celebration. He also emphasized on preservation, protection and promotion of faith and origin in order to retain original identity. He advocated for holistic improvisation.

Flower offerings, prayer song and presentation of indigenous cultural programmes by Adi, Mishmi, Galo and Apatani tribes were the main highlights of the programme.

KHONSA: The Tirap Indigenous People Society celebrated the Indigenous Faith Day enthusiastically at Nehru Stadium here amidst a huge gathering of indigenous people from Lapnan, Chasa, Tupi, Noksa, Thinsa and Khonsa villages, teachers and students from various govt schools.

Extending greetings to all indigenous people of Tirap district, ADC Techu Aran emphasized the need of speaking in their own tribal dialect to be practiced in every family so that the upcoming generation can be able to speak in own dialect and through which cultural traditions can be maintained in days to come.

Recalling the past, Aran said that the people of any faith, religion, creed, caste and region need to respect each other and live together with peaceful coexistence.

Tirap ZPC Sontung Bangsia urged the gathering to treat and love their ancestral culture and rituals as they love their parents stating that young generation may not like old traditional dress, dance and folk songs, held dear by our ancestors but the roots of traditional culture and tradition comes through the parents.

The ZPC appreciated the participants who came a long way from Chasa, Tupi, Thinsa, Khonsa and Lapnan villages and members of TIPS for organizing the Indigenous Faith Day in a befitting manner.

In his address, president TIPS Sephua Wangsu highlighted the importance of Indigenous Faith Day.

Varieties indigenous sports, rituals and folk songs marked the programme. (DIPROs)


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