ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Retired) Dr B D Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday greeted the people of the State on the eve of BooriYullo festival of the Nyishi community.
The Governor expressed his hope that the festivity will promote amity and unity amongst the people of the State.
In his message, Dr Mishra said that the people are tradition bound and cherish their social heritage. They abide by their fold's customs, traditions and moral values. They enthusiastically celebrate their festivals, folklore and ideals which remind them as to who they are. These celebrations unify them and they pass this festivity down to the succeeding generations.
The Governor added that Arunachal Pradesh is a mosaic of agrarian communities and most of the tribal festivals are associated with agricultural activities. Celebration of these festivals helps the people in preservation and propagation of their age old heritage, as also enables them to upgrade our agricultural practices with the march of time.
He expressed confidence that the festival will spread the message of technology based innovative agricultural practices among the people to enhance their wellbeing and economic gains.
"May the spirit of Boori Boot bring happiness, prosperity and protection from diseases, particularly COVID-19, for all of us," the Governor added.
Khandu in his festival message joined members of the Nyishi community in welcoming the spring and thanking the Almighty for a bountiful harvest.
"Boori Boot festival is our strongest link to our culture and therefore must be celebrated with traditional and ritualistic fervor. I specially request my young friends to join the revelry, become one with our rich culture for once and take pride in our roots," he said.
The Chief Minister also reminded all of the importance of preserving and using indigenous languages for everyday use amongst community and family members.
He said, celebration of such festivals is a good time to remind ourselves that if we do not teach, encourage and use our native languages, these will be lost forever in near future.
"Our languages are a gift to us from our ancestors. Our languages and festivals are our identity. Let's take pride in them and preserve for posterity,"Khandu added.
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