AKRS gears up for Sakewa celebration in West Sikkim

Sagar Chettri

GANGTOK, 20 Dec:

Akhil Kirat Rai Sangh [AKRS], Sikkim, is all set to celebrate Sakewa festival in a grand manner on 24 Dec at Pareng in West District. Chief Minister, PS Tamang is scheduled to attend this state-level celebration as the chief guest.

The state-level celebration committee, led by Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling, as the chief patron and other sub-committees have also been formed to celebrate Sakewa [Udhauli] with ritual prayers and a series of activities.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, president of the celebration committee, RK Waling mentioned that this time Sakewa will be celebrated in Pareng village in West District. He added that Pareng village is a very important and historic place since it was home to the first Rai language School in Sikkim.

He mentioned that the celebration will have ritual prayers to thank nature for good harvest and world peace and ceremonial dance Silli will be performed along with other presentations. He mentioned that the organization will also felicitate international archer, Tarundeep Rai, poet Prabin Rai Jumeli and other achievers in different areas from the Rai community.

It is informed that the CM was scheduled to offer prayers at Manokamna Dham and to visit the first school of Rai language and the main celebration will be held at Jusingthang Junior High School playground at Pareng.

The celebration committee general secretary, SM Rai spoke about the importance of Sakewa festival for the Rai community. He mentioned that the festival is also an occasion for people to come together to thank nature for a good harvest.

A patron of the celebration committee, Dr SK Rai mentioned that a DPR was in progress on the direction of the CM to make a model school and research centre of Rai community at Pareng. He added that this DPR and estimate would be presented to the concerned authorities.

Another patron and Additional Political Secretary to the CM, AnjeetaRai appealed to members of the Rai community and people at large to be a part of the celebration to experience the tradition, culture and practices of the community. She asserted that it was very important to pass on the tradition, culture and practices of the community to the younger generation for its preservation and development.