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ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday wished the people of the State, particularly of the Adi community on the occasion Solung festival.
The Governor wished that the festivity continues to showcase the rich and vibrant heritage of the Adi community adding to the magnificent culture of Arunachal Pradesh.
In his message, Dr Mishra said that festivals are an inseparable part of the socio-emotional life of the people. The festivals are very essential aspects in life for promoting community bonding and bonhomie.
"The festivity of the Solung festival is the unique way of the Adi community to pay their obeisance to Mother Nature for her benevolence to mankind. It provides an opportunity to present the unique tradition and happy ways of Adi fold. I am confident that the Solung and other community festivals observed in the state will carry forward the age-old ethnicity of the tribes of the State, besides the promotion of the rich legacies of the State," the Governor said.
"On this auspicious occasion, I offer my prayers to 'Kine Nane', the Goddess of crops and prosperity, 'Dadi Bote', the God of the animal kingdom, 'Doying-Bote', the God of wisdom and all other benevolent deities to shower their blessings to the entire mankind and herald a long period of peace, progress and prosperity for one and all," the Governor said in his message, while appealing to all to fight the menace of COVID-19 pandemic unitedly and defeat it.
Khandu in his message to the people said, "Ours is a distinct State with several tribes and communities residing side by side for ages maintaining their unique indigenous culture and traditions. Despite our varied diversity, we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage."
The Chief Minister said, "This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs while keeping intact our unity in diversity. I believe this celebration of Solungwould prove a major catalyst towards achieving this goal."
Khandu further said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit and energy of Solung will not dampen and called everyone to join the celebrations. He, however, requested the revelers to follow all the prescribed norms of social distancing, etc so that the spread of the virus is avoided.
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