Guv greets people on Chalo Loku festival

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra has extended his warm greetings to the people of the State on the eve of Chalo Loku, the annual agro-based festival of the Nocte community of the State who celebrate it with great fervour. He expressed hope that the socio-religious festival of the Nocte tribe will further help in showcasing the cultural mosaic of the State.

In a message, the Governor said, “Our State is the custodian and repository of diverse cultures, traditions and ethnicity. In a multi ethnic society, culture and heritage of each tribe truly reflect the unity in diversity of the State. Celebration of our festivals, therefore, is the cultural need for the awareness of the present generation,” he said.

“For preserving our rich cultural heritage in its original form, festivities become a good adjunct. In the fast pace of the march of time, ethnic cultural events provide the cushion to the roots of a Fold, from erosion. Our heritage can be preserved only by carrying forward the vibrant and rich customs and traditions which our forebears have bequeathed to us.

“I trust the time honoured rituals and beating of ‘Tham’ of Chalo Loku will bind together each and every member of the community. On this festive occasion, I join my fellow Nocte people of Tirap district in offering our prayers to the Almighty Rang for socio-cultural and socio-economic well being of all,” the Governor said in his message.