The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh P.B. Acharya and Chief Minister Pema Khandu conveyed their best wishes and greetings to the Wanchos of the state on auspicious occasion of Oriah festival.
In his message, the Governor said that the festival, celebrated to evoke the blessings of Almighty ‘Rangwa’ for bumper harvest, not only helps all to preserve the age-old traditions and customs of the Wancho Tribe but also instills respect for elders, guests and other communities amongst the younger generation. He appealed to the community to avail the opportunity to work in unison for promotion and rejuvenation of the rich and colourful cultural heritage of the Wancho Tribe.
While In a message here on eve of the festival, Chief minister Pema Khandu emphasized on wholehearted participation of all irrespective of religious affiliations in the indigenous festivals like Oriah that symbolizes the distinct cultural identity of the community.
“Our festivals are our everlasting link to our customs, traditions and cultural heritage. In a world of extreme commercialization we have the onerous responsibility not only to keep alive our culture but also to pass it on to the next generation. Loss of culture is loss of identity,” he said.
The Chief Minister, while lauding the Wanchos for maintaining their supreme expertise in textile and handicrafts and traditional wood carving, prayed Almighty Jowan Rang for peace and prosperity of all.
“While making offers at the altar, Zang Wang, this Oriah, let’s pray for stability and fast-paced development of our state Arunachal Pradesh,” he added.