Thursday, May 10, 2007

Chief Minister Chamling and Mrs. Tikamaya extends greetings on Sakewa Sakewa, the great festival of Rai community celebrated in grand manner




Tens and thousands people gathered at Aritar Dalapchand on May 9, 2007 on the occasion of Sakewa, the great festival of Rai community of Sikkim which was celebrated in grand manner by Akhil Kirat Rai Sangh(AKRS), Sikkim. While addressing the mammoth gathering, Minister D.D. Bhutia,the Chief Guest of the occasion said that under the dynamic and able leadership of Dr. Pawan Chamling, all the communities of Sikkim have been enjoying their full right and opportunity to preserve and development of their language and tradition. He further expressed his happiness over the performance of various cultural programme on the occasion by the artists and lauded their contribution towards the development of society and State. Minister Somnath Poudyel while addressing the gathering urged the people to live in harmony and highlighted the importance of Sakewa festival. Sakewa is a worship of nature, he added and urged all the people to keep the environment clean and green.

On the occasion, the senior social workers and writers like Shri C.D. Rai, an octogenarian senior citizen and journalist, Shri B.B. Rai, Rai language writer, Mr. Andrew Rai, social worker, Mrs. Krishna Maya Rai were felicitated by AKRS. They were given Pagari, (a kind of crown), citation and scarf or shawl for their valuable contribution towards the society. On the occasion, books, magazine and video cassette also were released by Chief Guest. A colourful and live cultural programme of Rai community was also performed by artist in glittering manner. The other dignitaries who were present on the occasion was Minister Mrs. Kalawati Subba, Minister K.N. Rai, Minister N.K. Subedhi, MLA K.B. Chamling, MLA Mrs. Manita Manger and others.All the members from four district attended the meeting. Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling and Mrs. Tika Maya Chamling have extended greetings to all on the occasion of Sakewa festival.