SINGCHUNG, Sep 11: Identifying culture as the cementing bond of the society, the Bugun tribe inhibiting the Singchung administrative circle of West Kameng district for the first time celebrated their traditional Pham kho festival here Tuesday.
“The central celebration would strengthen the sense of oneness and brotherhood among the members of the tribe as well as others,” said Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, in his address as the chief guest to the revellers.
The festival is manifestation of the rich cultural identity, he said while advocating preservation of local art, culture and tradition as true identify of any Arunachalee tribe, the MP said while endorsing the demand of the Buguns for declaring a local holiday for the festival and assured to take up the matter with the chief minister.
Attending the festival as the RWD, Supply & Transport Parliamentary Secretary Kumar Waii, who was guest of honour, said the central celebration would become a platform for the younger generation to showcase their talent in the field of sports, art and culture.
While greeting the people on the occasion, Waii announced that the balance fund for constructing the ADC office would be released in the current fiscal. He assured to take up the demand for upgradation of Singchung Govt. secondary school to higher secondary level with the CM for action.
Festivals celebrated in different names by different tribes have the same philosophy which should be the harbinger of unity and prosperity, said local MLA and APEDA chairman Kumsi Sidisow and supported the three-point memorandum submitted by the locals on the occasion.
As usual the colorful festival heralded the message of good harvest, peace, love and harmonious living while politics surfaced underneath keeping in mind the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Young and old in their best traditional attire presented colourful cultural programme befitting the occasion, attended among others, by host of officers led by DC AK Singh, panchayat leaders and GBs.