Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.), Chief Minister Pema Khandu, have extended Chalo Loku festival greetings which is celebrated by Nocte tribe of Tirap.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) has extended his sincere greetings to the people of the State on the festive occasion of ‘Chalo Loku’ festival. He expressed his hope that the socio-religious festival of the Nocte people of Tirap District will usher-in peace and brotherhood amongst the fellow citizens of the State.
In his message, the Governor said that observance of the festivals is a means to preserve the rich cultural heritages. This promotes and protects the age-old traditions for the posterity and carries forward the vibrant and rich customs of the tribal communities. I trust that the time honoured rituals and beating of ‘Tham’ of Chalo Loku will bind each and every member of the community together, he said.
On this joyous occasion, I join my Nocte brethren in offering prayer to Almighty Rang for socio-cultural and socio-economic well being of all, the Governor said in his message.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has conveyed his greetings on the auspicious occasion of Chalo Loku, the most important agricultural festival of the Noctes.
Joining the Noctes, one of the most vibrant major tribes of the state, in celebrating the end of harvest, Khandu bade farewell to the outgoing season and prayed the Almighty to bestow a better harvest next year.
“Chalo Loku is as colourful as the Noctes, who have been blessed by Mother Nature with her bounty. While thanking the Almighty for a bountiful harvest this season, I join my Nocte brethren in offering prayers for a better season next year,” he said in a message this evening.
Khandu appreciated the Noctes for celebrating Loku every year with traditional fervor not only in their villages but also at places across the state and country wherever they have a sizeable presence. He said, this proved their respect and attachment with their roots.
“Ours is a distinct state with several tribes and communities residing side by side for ages, maintaining their own unique indigenous culture and traditions. I believe this celebration of Chalo Loku would prove a major catalyst towards achieving the goal of unity in diversity,” the Chief Minister added.