Arunachal Governor, CM convey Nyethrii Dow Festival greetings the agricultural festival of the Hrusso (Aka) tribe of West Kameng District
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) has conveyed his greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of Nyethrii Dow, the agricultural festival of the Hrusso (Aka) tribe of West Kameng District and offered prayer that the Nyethrii Dow celebrations this year, invoke the kind blessings of Almighty for bumper harvest and security of the crops against damages and natural calamities.
In his festival greeting, the Governor said that since time immemorial, celebrations and rituals have been the key dimension of human culture. It is heartening to see that the Indigenous people have kept their traditional ceremonies and rituals undiluted and alive till date.
The festivals in tribal ceremonial life bring together the village folk to intermingle and renew their bonds for mutual cooperation and benefit. Their songs, dances, storytelling, enacting of traditional events, sharing of folklores, community games and tribal martial arts add to the joy, gaiety and festivities of the day.
This has helped the indigenous communities in their wellbeing, resilience and capacity building. The age-old celebrations increase individual and community self-esteem, cultural confidence, leadership, initiatives and open creative space for better engagement in their collective needs and aspirations, the Governor underscored.
I join my Hrusso (Aka) brethren in offering prayer to Almighty God for his choicest blessing for happiness and prosperity for each one of us, the Governor said in his message.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu today extended greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Nyethrii-Dow festival and wished that the harvest-festival may usher in good health and wealth for the people.
Joining the Akas (Hrussos) of West Kameng district in the five-day festival, Khandu said indigenous festivals like Nyethrii-Dow are the identity of the concerned tribe and spreads good feelings and bonding between the people besides connecting them to nature.
“Our festivals are our identity and an opportunity to connect with our roots. While rejoicing in revelries let’s take pride in our rich cultural heritage and pledge to preserve and protect it for the future generations,” he appealed.
Khandu specifically urged the youngsters to participate in the celebration and requested the elders to teach them the essence of the rituals associated with the celebration as each and every ritual has a specific purpose that ultimately prays for peace and prosperity of all.
“I wish my Aka brothers and sisters on the joyous occasion and pray that the joy and togetherness brought by the festival spreads to every corner of our beautiful state and lingers on forever,” Khandu added in his message.