Kohima Gorkha community celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali)

The Kohima Gorkha community today celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali), the festival of lights under the aegis of Gorkha Public Panchayat Kohima within its office complex in Chandmari here.

Gracing the celebration as the chief guest, OSD Municipal Affairs Department Nagaland, Sanju Pandey expressed the hope that the celebrations would spread the message of brotherhood and oneness amongst all the community.

He also appreciated the GPP for organising the celebrations with a view to uphold the cultural identity and also pass it on to the younger generation.  Pandey also extended festive greetings and best wishes to the people.

Guest of honour, Dy SP PHQ, Jibon Pradhan expressed hope that peace will reign the society with the celebration of tihar.

Earlier, the guests also lighted the diwali lights along with GBs and presidentsof various Gorkha NGOs in the state capital.

 Kohima Gorkha community celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali)
Kohima Gorkha community celebrated pre-Tihar (Diwali)

Assistant General Secretary of GPP Chanda Rai delivered the welcome address while tihar greeting was extended by GPPK president Santu Thapa. Significance of tihar was shared by GPPK general secretary Suresh Kumar Lama. Special number was presented by Samir Thapa while Gorkha Sahitya Kala Sanstha Kohima Chandra Kumar Lama tendered the vote of thanks.

The main highlights of the program were dramatise act on tihar, Gorkha traditional fashion show, cultural dances, performance by Tashi Dolma Lama, finalist of Dancing Stars of Nagaland, Kamal Chettri, 1st runners-up and Kezevinuo Sogotsu, finalist Amazing Voice of Nagaland, bands of Gorkha NGOs, individual artists.

Tihar is a five-day Hindu festival celebrated by Nepalese/Gorkhas that honors different animals on successive days. The third day of the festival, Lakshmi Puja, dedicated to the goddess of wealth, is known as Diwali.


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