ITANAGAR, Jan 5 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have greeted the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Si-Donyi, the major festival of the Tagin community of the State.
In his message, the Governor said that during the festival, a variety of religious prayers and ceremonies are conducted amongst the tribal communities to invoke the blessings of the Almighty to ward off evil spirits and for bumper harvest. He expressed hope that the celebration would strengthen the splendid cultural heritage and traditions of the State.
The Governor said that Nature worshipping and appeasing of various forms of deities and spirits, are the basis of the religious belief of the indigenous communities. The Si-Donyi festival of Tagin community signifies this belief.
Tagin community believes that the omnipotent Si-Donyi is the supreme authority of all the living beings on earth. To invoke the blessings of Si-Donyi, rituals are performed with grandeur and religious fervour, which, as per their faith, in turn helps in preserving the rich cultural heritage of the community.
“I am sanguine that our Tagin brethren will continue to preserve and promote the fine aspects and values of their age-old traditions,” the Governor said. “May Si-Donyi celebration this year usher in peace and prosperity in the State,” he wished.
In a message, Khandu said the Tagins are one of the most exuberant tribes of the State, who have been preserving their traditional heritage with pride since ages while passing it on successfully to the next generation.
“Being one of the largest tribes of the State, our Tagin brothers and sisters have contributed immensely to development of our State besides maintaining peace and harmony. May this joyous celebration of Si-Donyi strengthen the bond amongst all communities,” he said.
The Chief Minister expressed optimism that the festival will successfully invoke the Almighty to usher in a new era of peace and progress in the State.
He said celebration of festivals such as Si-Donyi is a proven way of preserving indigenous culture for posterity.