Pang Lhabsol celebrations in Ravangla

Ravangla, 06 Sept:

Ravangla celebrated the 33rd Pang Lhabsol festival at Maney Chokerling Complex here in South Sikkim. The celebration was attended by Cultural Affairs & Heritage Minister, GM Gurung along with Area MLA and Labour Minister, DD Bhutia, advisors, chairpersons, department officials, monks, students and tourists halting at Ravangla.

Addressing the function Culture Minister, Mr Gurung said that Pang Lhabsol was a festival celebrating unity and brotherhood. He highlighted that the festival also signifies the bond between nature and humans. He thanked the celebration committee for organizing the event and applauded the initiative to bind different communities together.

Commenting on providing Scheduled Tribe status to 11 communities of the State, Mr Gurung said that the state government is trying everything to make that happen. He urged the people to live together in peace and harmony.

The Minister also condemned the recent activities of West Bengal police officials in the State saying that it was a ‘manipulative act on the part of West Bengal administration to allow such activities in Sikkim’.

In view of the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling and the recent West Bengal police and Sikkim police clash, the Minister advised the shopkeepers to maintain stocks of essential commodities before Dussehra to avoid scarcity.

On the Panchayat election which is scheduled to be held after Diwali in Sikkim, he urged the Panchayat members to prepare for the delimitation process and cooperate with the state government.

The Minister also attended a prayer session at Maney Chokerling Monastery and witnessed the traditional Pangtoed Cham performed there.

The cultural presentation was followed by the final match of the Pang Lhabsol Open Volleyball Tournament between SAP and Temi Boys with the former team winning the tourney. The winners were awarded with cash prize of Rs 80,000 and a trophy. Similarly, the runner up team were handed a cash prize of Rs 40,000 and a trophy.