Sikkim chief minister PS Golay offering prayers in traditional Lepcha coat while observing Tendong Lho Rum Faat in West Sikkim

Gangtok: Tendong lho Rum Faat, one of the oldest and most popular festivals of the Lepcha tribe, was celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm at Gyalshing, West Sikkim on Thursday.

Participating in the programme as guest, state chief minister PS Golay congratulated the people on the occasion.

In his speech, he welcomed the Centre’s recent move on scrapping Article 370 for Jammu & Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union territories. He congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended support of the state government and the people of Sikkim. Furthermore, he welcomed the statement made by the Union home minister Amit Shah, where he stated to give a full protection to Article 371F.

The chief minister also mentioned that he had put up a request to the political leaders at the national level to protect article 371F in his recent visit to New Delhi.

Golay further extended his best regards towards the Lepcha community. He emphasised that the festival/occasion is not only for one specific community to celebrate but is meant for all the people in the state regardless of their cultural and religion.

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Drawing attention of the public towards the impediments and constraints faced by the current government due to the alleged fabricated reports submitted by the previous government, he announced to allocate five seats for Dzongu constituency out of 50 seats under the chief minister’s meritorious scholarship scheme and highlighted developmental works to be carried out without any disturbances in the constituency of Dzongu. He affirmed that the state government will always work towards the protection of Dzongu and the rest of the state in whole.

Golay was felicitated by Tendong Lho Rum Faat Celebration Committee on the occasion of state-level Tendong Lho Rum Faat held at Geyzing. Earlier, he made a brief visit to Pemayangtse monastery in Pelling as well. Similar celebrations were made in other parts of the state.

Tendong Lho Rum Faat is a festival of the Lepcha community and usually falls in the month of August. The name ‘Tendong’ is derived from Lepcha dialect, which literally translates to “the hill of the raised horn”. The people from the Lepcha community therefore offer prayers and perform rituals to Mount Tendong during this festival. The Lepchas celebrate this occasion to commemorate the Almighty who saved their ancestors at the time of disaster and thus pay their respects to the Hill.

Children performing lepcha dance at Ringhim, North Sikkim

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