Arunachal celebrates Indigenous Faith Day; leaders extend greetings
Guwahati: In a bid to honour and preserve the diverse traditional faith and practices of tribal communities in Arunachal Pradesh, December 1 is celebrated as Indigenous Faith Day.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Pema Khandu extending greetings on Twitter. He wrote, "Loss of culture is loss of identity.
Happy #IndigenousFaithDay to all the followers of our ancient beliefs, practices and traditions. Let us all resolve together to preserve, promote and protect our tribal faith. May Almighty shower his choicest blessings on all."
He also attended a celebration in Itanagar on Tuesday morning.
The Indigenous Faith Day is celebrated to preserve, promote and protect the traditional faith and practices of tribal communities.
The frontier state comprises of 30% Christian population, 29% Hindu, while others follow an indigenous belief system which has been systematised under the name "Donyi-Polo" (Sun-Moon).
Sharing a video of native dance, Union sports minister and Arunachal MP Kiren Rijiju said, "I feel lucky that our culture is still alive unlike some unfortunate communities who have lost their original culture permanently. Let's preserve our most valuable heritage, language and culture.
"Loss of cultural is loss of identity"
Happy #IndigenousFaithDay to all."
Arunachal deputy chief minister Chowna Mein tweeted, "On the auspicious occasion of #IndigenousFaithDay, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh. I offer my prayers to Almighty to invoke His choicest blessing for each one of us."
Mama Natung, Arunachal's minister of youth affairs, and environment shared a picture of himself in tribal attire. He wrote, "Being tribal, We should take highest pride in our unique indigenous faith & culture. That’s our identity. Wishing everyone Happy #indigenousfaithDay"
Arunachal BJP also wished on the occasion. It said, "May almighty Donyi-Polo bless us all with happiness, prosperity, and good health."