ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu Tuesday extended warm greeting to the people of the State, especially the Adi community on the occasion of Solung festival beginning from Wednesday.
The Governor expressed his hope that the communo-agrarian festival of the Adis will continue to showcase the cultural richness of the State. In his festival message, Mishra said that the Solung festival was the embodiment of the Adi way of socio-cultural and religious life. The Adi community, since time immemorial, has been celebrating this festival with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm primarily to propitiate their deities, and beseech them for bumper harvest of crops, wellness of domestic animals, peace, prosperity and happiness of the people.
"The Solung celebration keeps alive the ancient traditions of the community. It's most important adjunct is its intended extension to the younger generation for creating awareness and empathy amongst them for the endowed universal human bonding. Equally importantly, this festivity promotes the benevolent relationship between man and nature. I am sanguine that our Adi elders will continue to urge the younger generations to follow the excellent traditions prevalent in their community," he said.
The Governor on the occasion offered his prayers to 'Kine Nane', the goddess of crops and prosperity, 'Dadi Bote', the god of 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.
He also urged the people to observe all precautions against COVID-19 pandemic by strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour of effective use of face mask, frequent washing of hands, social distancing and taking the vaccine without any apprehension.
Pema Khandu in his festival message 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. 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 Solung would prove a major catalyst towards achieving this goal."
Khandu said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit and energy of Solung would not dampen and called everyone to join the celebrations. He, however, requested the revelers to follow all the prescribed norms of COVID appropriate behaviour, so that the spread of the virus could be avoided.
State Assembly Speaker P D Sona also extended his warm greeting on the auspicious occasion. In his message, Sona said, "I join my Adi brethrens in celebrating the joyous festival of Solung. I appreciate the spirit of the Adis for celebrating the traditional festival of Solung every year with joy and bonhomie."
The Speaker also expressed hope that the festival would usher in universal peace, bumper harvest, prosperity and good health for all.