From a Correspondent
Haflong, Dec 16: The third edition of the festival supported by the Dima Hasao Tourism department and organized by the Judima Festival Organizing Committee (JFOC), Dibarai Haflong will be held on December 28 and December 29, disclosed Projit iding, fince secretary, JFOC, in presence of Amrit Kemprai, working president, Bee Hakmosa, vice-president, rattam Thaosen, secretary, and Pijus Haflongbar, assistant secretary, at a press meet held at Dibarai ofFriday.
Addressing the media persons, ding explained the aims and objective of the Judima Festival. He said that the Judima Festival, a cultural extravaganza organized in Haflong with a view to promote tourism in the district of Dima Hasao, crossed two milestones in the form of two editions. A brainchild of the Youth Association for Development and Empowerment (YADEM), the first two editions were organized in collaboration with Mahila Samity (DMS) and Dibarai Village Committee (DVC). Both the events were widely supported by individuals and organizations, including Dima Hasao Tourism Department and Dimasa Youth Forum (DYF) and Assam Mountaineering Association.
The festival is med after Judima, the traditiol rice brew of the Dimasa community, which is unique in taste, method of preparation and an integral part of social life Apart from being symbolic celebration of rich cultural artifacts of the district, the festival aims to initiate the idea of altertive livelihood to the local brewers and tourism among the ethnic groups residing in the district. Events in the festival thus are planned accordingly. One can savour various ethnic delicacies in the form of food, fabric and fabulous performances like traditiol song, dance and sports which provide a glimpse of life and lore of people in the district. Cultural tour is an added attraction for those interested in knowing about different ways of living in the lap of ture.
Haflong as the only hill station in Assam and the district of Dima Hasao having almost 90 per cent of land undulated with hills, ridges and serpentine rapids which provide ample scope for adventure events. Major attraction of them is the Barail Night Trekking that culmites in a breathtaking morning view across the Barail range that hosts the highest peak in Assam. The 19-km heritage trek along the metre gauge railway track carries one back to the colonial engineering marvel. The trek begins in Lower Haflong and culmites in Jatinga, the place famous for bird mystery.
The events of this edition feature several new attractive elements, besides the regular ones.