Namchi, 05 Nov(IPR):
The third and the concluding day of the on-goingNamchiMahotsav 2018, themed 'Explore the Ethnic Beauty' had the State Cultural Affairs and Heritage Department Minister, G.M. Gurung as the chief guest.
Organized by South District Administration in collaboration with NamchiMahotsav Organising Committee under the guidance of South Sikkim Tourism Development Society (SSTDS) had the presence of DC (South), PrabhakarVerma, Advisors, Chairpersons, ZillaPanchayats and Panchayat members, HODs, various dignitaries, stakeholders of NamchiMahotsav and public at large.
It may be mentioned here that NamchiMahotsav is an annual event organized at South District Headquarters, Namchi. This year, there were approximately 84 stalls comprising of flower exhibition cum sale, traditional food and ethnic stalls which were set up at Namchi Bazaar premises. Additionally, the District Health department had also set up a free screening eye camp at Namchi bazaar premises.
Addressing, the gathering chief guest G.M. Gurungextended his congratulations to the organizing committee in successfully organizing NamchiMahotsav 2018. Mr.Gurung spoke in brief regarding the significance of celebrating NamchiMahotsav which acts as a platform in providing an opportunity to display along with preserving and promoting the diverse culture, tradition and artefacts of the various communities of the state. He also spoke in brief about the various pilgrimage sites which has been set up by the State Government including SiddheswaraDham, Samdruptse, TathagataTsal and the recently inaugurated ChenrezigSingkhamRiwoPotala and explained how these sites will boost the tourism sector in Sikkim.
Mr.Gurung also underlined the various awards and accolades that Sikkim has received till date and the recently conferred Future Policy Gold Award by the UN- Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.
At the onset of the Mahotsav celebration the chief guest along with the dignitaries visited the various stalls. The chief guest was also felicitated by the organizing committee for his unwavering efforts in upliftment of the State.
On the inaugural day of NamchiMahotsav 2018, the Chief Minister PawanChamling had unveiled the Chrysanthemum competition cum exhibition wherein a total of 29 participants had participated. The first prize was handed over to Sonam Sherpa from Munal Nursery followed by DhanKumariRai from Daisyland Nursery and Suresh Kumar Gurung from Bul who stood in the second and the third position. They were presented with certificate and cash prize of Rs. 15,000, Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 8,000 respectively.
The concluding day also witnessed an assortment of cultural dance and song presentations from various cultural groups followed by an evening entertainment program by local artist and a band.