ITANAGAR, Dec 5 - Podi-Barbi, the annual harvest festival of the Boh-Ramo-Bokar (Adi) community of Arunachal Pradesh, was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety at the Mopin-Solung Ground here on Wednesday.
Mainly celebrated by the Adis of Mechuka, Monigong and Tato in the newly created Shi-Yomi district, the Podi-Barbi is an occasion to extend gratitude to deities and Mother Nature for prosperity of all and surplus production of crops.
Organised by the Podi-Barbi Celebration Committee, Itanagar, the day’s celebration saw the participation of hundreds of people in traditional attire.
Attending the festival celebration as the chief guest, State BJP vice president Tame Phassang lauded the community for its rich culture and tradition. “One cannot find the zest of our rich culture and tradition on the Google or any other source; it has to be inherited from our ancestors,” stated Phassang.
“I studied in Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat, and since then I have a close association with Adi communities and what attracted me is their effort to preserve their language. Young or old, everyone speaks in their language, which helps in its preservation,” the BJP leader said.
While asking people to be united for a strong and developed society, Phassang added the Adi community is one of the most intellectual societies in the State which could lead others in a positive manner.
The special guest, Getom Borang, Superintending Engineer of the Rural Works Department, also called for preservation of culture and traditions. He appealed to the youths of the community to uphold their traditions, while moving simultaneously with modernity.
Acknowledging the Adi community as one of the intellectual and developed communities of the State, Mechuka MLA PD Sona appealed to the community leaders to be torchbearers for others.
Besides cultural programmes, Ponung, Momen and community feast were highlights of the daylong festival.