Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju has conveyed his greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Si-Donyi, a popular festival of the northeastern state.

Rijiju who hails from Arunachal Pradesh wrote on Twitter, “On the auspicious occasion of very important Si-Donyi Festival, I extend warm greetings to my brothers and sisters of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly to the Tagin Community!”

Si-Donyi is the major festival celebrated among the Tagin tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is celebrated majorly in district headquarter Daporijo, in adjoining town Dumporijo and in Taliha, Siyum areas, also in state capital Itanagar, while in other places also it’s being celebrated by Tagin community present there.

The festival was first conceptualised in the year 1975 by lt. Tatar Uli, who was the main pioneer in the inception of Si-Donyi. The other members who bore the responsibilities were lt. Tadak Dulom and Popak Baghe.

It was celebrated in the same year under their guidance, and since then, the festival has been celebrated by the Tagin tribe. The first priest who led the ritual was Dubi Nigam. Further the name Si-Donyi was suggested by Shri Bingsa Kodak.