Sikkim to invoke Khangchendzonga at Rabong’s Pang Lhabsol

Gangtok, 19 Aug:

Pang Lhabsol Celebration Committee [PLCC] is working on a war-footing to host a grand celebration, hosted now with the tagline, “Sikkim Invokes Mount Khangchendzonga,” from 11 to 13 September at Mani Chokerling Complex and Cho-Dzo Lake premises in Rabong, South Sikkim.

The celebration will feature a series of traditional, cultural, musical, sport and other events.

Prayers and the sacred Pangtoed Chaam [Warrior Dance] will be held at the Mani Chokerling complex, while the Cho-Dzo Lake area will be the main venue for the rest of the events.

Addressing a press conference here today, PLCC treasurer Kesangla D Lhasungpa, highlighted that Pang Lhabsol was one of the most important festivals of Sikkim celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. This year, Pang Lhabsol falls on 13 September. The festival is unique to Sikkim.

“The festival is celebrated all over the State around the autumn harvest and rituals are performed, prayers offered in all the monasteries, holy caves, sacred places in worship of Khangchendzonga and other subordinate deities of the 110 holy peaks in the Khangchendzonga range. We invoke blessings for protection, peace and prosperity of the land,” Mr Lhasungpa said.

PLCC general secretary, Bishnu Sharma, added that on the suggestion of Chief Minister PS Tamang, the main venue for the celebration has been shifted to Cho-Dzo Lake to maintain the sanctity of the monastery.

He informed that the CM will be the chief guest on 13 September.

The organizers have completed 80% of the preparations.

PLCC publicity secretary, Bhawani Gurung informed that the celebration will feature a series of events which will begin on 01 September. He adds that PLCC has been pulling all stops to take the festival to global recognition.

One of the main attractions of the celebration has been the volleyball tournament in the open and state-level categories.

It is informed that the open volleyball tournament will have Indian international players. Five teams -North Frontier Railway, Chennai Customs, Punjab Police, Haryana and Kerala have already given their confirmation to participate in the open category which carries a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh for the winner’s and Rs 2 lakh for the runners-up.

Likewise, the intra-Sikkim volleyball tournament carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for the winners and Rs 50,000 for the runners-up. Registrations are open till 24 August.

Exhibition volleyball matches in women’s and veterans’ categories are also slated.

A state-level marathon, arm wrestling and tug of war and traditional sports of the State have also been lined up.

Another attraction of the celebration is the solo song competition, Pang Lhabsol Idol 2019, The Voice of Pang Lhabsol. Auditions for this competition will be held on 04 and 05 September at Rabong community hall and interested participants can collect the forms from the organizing committee.

The top-10 contestants will be performing on 11 September and then the top-5 will compete in the grand finale scheduled for 13 September.

Pang Lhabsol Idol 2019 carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for the winner, Rs 30,000 to first runner-up and Rs 20,000 to second runner-up and the organizers will produce a music album for the top-five contestants.

The celebrations will also include a music festival, traditional and cultural presentations, handicrafts and handloom exhibition, traditional food stalls, street plays by Kapinzal Children’s Home of Rabong, boating, a cup of coffee at Tree House at the main venue among other activities.