Chalo Loku celebrated with traditional gaiety

Mein lauds Noctes for keeping culture, traditions alive

DEOMALI, Nov 25: The Nocte community celebrated Chalo Loku festival with traditional fervour and gaiety here in Tirap district on Sunday.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who attended the celebration, lauded the Noctes for keeping their rich culture and traditions alive.
Urging the people to preserve their cultures and traditions, Mein said efforts must be made to keep alive the rituals, “which are the gist of our cultures.”
“Arunachal is a land of festivals, and we must showcase our rich cultural heritage to the outside world to promote cultural tourism,” Mein said.
The DCM said the matter of double-laning the Deomali-Khonsa road would be looked into, and that he would pursue the MoRTH for early start of the project.
He informed that another Rs 2000 crore worth of rural road projects would be implemented in the state under the PMGSY, taking it to a total of Rs 4000 crore in the coming year.
State BJP president Tapir Gao in his address said religion and culture are two different facets and should not be mixed. He urged the young generation to actively participate, learn from their elders, and take up the responsibility of preserving the rich cultural heritage of the state.
PHE&WS Minister Wangki Lowang, who is also the local MLA, said, “Chalo Loku is one of the agriculture-related festivals of the Nocte community, which is celebrated for recreation and merrymaking after seasons of hard work.
“It is the time to forget and set aside differences and sit together for feasting,” he said.
The DCM released a Nocte modern audio album, Kangthe Kowa, produced by Gangtong Bangyang and Dr Vineetha Dowerah, and a book titled Ethos of Heart, written by Thajam Aboh.
Earlier, Mein participated in log drum beating and a festival ritual at Rangsom Hum. (DCMO)