Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju extended their warm wishes to the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Sangken festival.
Sangken festival, the religious festival of water is widely celebrated as the traditional New Year’s Day from April 14 to 16 by the Theravada Buddhist Communities.
CM Khandu extending his warm greetings to Tai Khamti and all other Tai communities of the state tweeted, “May the coolness and positivity of Sangken spread in everyone’s lives and make this coming year a more blessed and more prosperous one for all.”
May the coolness and positivity of Sangken spread in everyone’s lives and make this coming year a more blessed and more prosperous one for all. pic.twitter.com/MrAn67f2He
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) April 14, 2021
Praying for the well being of everyone, Kiren Rijiju greeted the Tai Khamti and other communities for Sangken festival.
“A warm Sangken festival greetings to the Tai Khamti and all other communities of Arunachal Pradesh. I pray for the well-being of everyone. Happy Sangken!,” Rijiju tweeted.
A warm Sangken festival greetings to the Tai Khamti and all other communities of Arunachal Pradesh. I pray for the well being of everyone. Happy Sangken! pic.twitter.com/xtmY0Kxscy
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 14, 2021
Throughout the festival, people are seen abstaining from all types of manual labour, intoxicating beverages, gambling, animal slaughter, and even tree cutting. A ceremonial bathing of Buddha idol is also performed during the festival, after which the idol is returned to the main temple on the last day.
This auspicious festival is observed not only by the Buddhists, but also by the Singpho, Tikhaks, Khamyang, and Phakyal communities of the state.