SHILLONG, Jan 16: A two-day Tysam festival started today amidst pomp and gaiety wherein people from all over the Garo hills thronged to witness the grand opening at Simsang Beach, Baghmara. Shri Samuel M Sangma, MLA, Shri Rophul S. Marak, MLA, Smti S. N. Marak, Deputy Commissioner, South Garo Hills District, Shri A. M. Sangma, Project Director, DRDA South Garo Hills, Baghmara and other dignitaries were also present during the iugural programme.
The term ‘Tysam’ an Atong word, which literally means by the river side, is an annual social and cultural extravaganza organized by the District Administration on the golden beaches of mighty river Simsang. The two days event, over the years have become a huge hit drawing people from far and wide wherein one gets to see not only the rich cultures and traditions of South Garo Hills but also various developmental aspects of the districts are highlighted providing wholesome entertainment to the people
The highlights of the day includes Wangala dance, Ruga dance, flower show, beach soccer, beach volleyball, diving competition, boat race, basketball, inter-block Wangala dance, Ajea/Serejing competition, traditiol attire show among others. Besides, the District industrial exhibition has also been iugurated in the same venue with a good number of stalls from all over the Garo Hills.