Gangtok, Jan 14
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and Tika Maya Chamling have
extended warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the festive
occasion of Maghe Sankranti .
In his message CM conveyed “Maghe Sankranti is a Nepalese-Hindu Festival observed on the first of Magh in the Vikram Sambat calendar which brings an end to the winter solstice containing the month of Poush. It is widely celebrated by the people of the Nepalese-Hindu community all over the world.
Every year during this time of the year, Maghe Mela or traditional fairs are organized at several locations in the State to mark this important festival. The Maghe Mela organised annually at Jorethang in South Sikkim is the biggest of the lot and brings together people from all walks of life in celebration of rich culture and tradition of Sikkim, the diverse customs and food habits, cultural presentations, and of late, rich display of organic produce by dedicated farmers of Sikkim has become an added attraction. Maghe Mela celebrations in Sikkim dates back to 1955, when it initially started as an agricultural fair . Over the years, it has evolved into a vibrant community celebration, highlighting the quintessential Sikkimese ethos of love, respect and communal harmony.
He further said “I am filled with immense pride and joy to see the growing number of locally grown organic produce on display and sale during Maghe Mela, which reflects the hard work and commitment of our farming community throughout the state. Maghe Mela with its long-standing history is not only the meeting point of art, culture and trade but also a platform to showcase unity in diversity in its true sense, which our state is well known for. It is the celebration of the Sikkimese way of life”, said the Chief Minister.
“As Makar Sankranti marks the end of winter solstice and brings in warmer days, I wish the people of Sikkim peace, happiness and prosperity in the year ahead. May the auspicious festival strengthen the bond of brotherhood and amity among our fellow brothers and sisters”, concluded the Chief Minister.