The three days celebration of the “Poi Pee Mau Tai 2111” the New Year Festival of Tai People of Arunachal Pradesh begins at Namsai today.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Chow Zingnu Namchoom inaugurated the three days festival extravaganza on behalf of the Deputy Chief Minister at Poi Pee Mau Ground amidst a huge gathering.
In his inaugural speech, Namchoom called for drug free society. While lauding the celebration committee for choosing a relevant theme for this year’s festival, “Say No To drugs”, he said that the theme is very appropriate with the prevailing conditions of drug menace in the eastern parts of the state. He appealed the people to celebrate the festival with its full meaning and to achieve the objective of drug free society. He especially called upon the youths to abstain from use of abusive substances and advised them not to divert their track from the main streams of life.
He informed that the state govt. under the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu is quite aware of the drug menace in the state and by taking serious cognizance of the prevailing situation, govt. had sanctioned Rs 6 Crores each to the Deputy Commissioners in the State Development Council Meeting on November 22 last for establishment and functioning of Drug De-Addiction Centres across the state.
As the state govt is serious about the implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in line with the Centre, he called upon the people to adopt Swachh Bharat Abhiyan seriously in every nook and corner of the districts and to keep the surroundings neat and clean. He also advised the youths to stay safe and take preventive measures to protect oneself from sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS.
Telling the people that the Poi Pee Mau festival is the right occasion to showcase our rich culture to the outside world, he called upon the youths to hone professionalism in displaying cultural show.
Speaking on the occasion, R K Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Namsai appealed the people to maintain peace and tranquility and to refrain from consumption of excessive alcohol and unwanted substances during the celebration period. But to leave a memorable picture of Poi Pee Mau Festival, of Tai Khampti Society and of Namsai District among the dignitaries and outside visitors.
To the must applause of the gathering, he informed that the govt has approved and included the Poi Pee Mau in the list of local festivals of the state. Basing on the inclusion, he declared 30th November 2016 as a local holiday in Namsai District on the occasion of Poi Pee Mau Festival.
Meanwhile, Chow Jaleeng Mannou, Vice – President of Poi Pee Mau Celebration Committee 2111 (2016) in his welcome speech informed that as per the Lunar Calendar of the Tai People, today i.e. the 29th November 2016 is the last day of the current year and the new year begins from tomorrow i.e., the 30th November 2016 for the Tai community. Hence, the Poi Pee Mau is being celebrated as the New Year Festival of the Tai people across the globe. He said that it is being celebrated to welcome the new year for peace, progress, prosperity and well being of all man kind.
On the occasion, Chow Siharaja Choutang, President of Tai Khampti Development Society submitted seven points memorandum to the Chief Guest which the later assured to take up the matter with the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister.
Earlier, the Chief Guest inaugurated the festival by lighting the Festival Lamp. He also inaugurated an Emporium, Food Stalls and traditional Games & Sports of the festival.
The main attractions of the three days celebration includes Tai Cultural Extravaganza, Cultural Show from Thailand, Tai Food Festival, Traditional Games & Sports, Musical Nights, Fashion Show and many more.