Gangtok, Dec 15
Governor Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister of P. S. Tamang (Golay) extended their warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Barahimizong and Sakewa.
Governor has said, “the festival of Barahimizong associated with our Mangar brethren reflects our faith in the supreme being as the bestower and protector of mankind. This festival is an annual occasion to express gratitude to almighty for continued blessings throughout the year by offering fresh harvest and at the same time seek good fortune for the coming days.
May God bestow all Sikkimese eternal prosperity with bountiful harvest year after year. May the divinity permeate all sentient beings.”
Likewise, on the auspicious occasion of Sakewa, Governor in his message, Governor has said, “Since time immemorial, Mother Nature is worshipped as the supreme deity and source of life and wellbeing to all. The wisdom ingrained in our ancient texts also emphasizes how important for us as humans to maintain the balance between our basic and developmental needs and nature in order to sustain and preserve all kinds of life forms on this planet.
Sikkim, since ages, is known for its nature friendly people and our true identity remains ‘Living In Harmony With Nature’. Our tradition, festivals and celebrations are centered around preserving our rich natural heritage. ‘Sakewa’ is one such occasion where we worship mother nature and celebrate its endowments. This is the lesson that we as Sikkimese, should endeavor to propagate on to entire world for striking a perfect balance between our rising economic needs and our concern for environment. I join the people of Sikkim and my Rai brethren in particular, to worship mother nature on this pious occasion. The wisdom that our ancestors intended to pass on to the new generation through the festival of Sakewa should be assimilated by nature lovers with its core philosophy.
May mother nature continue to bless us with sustainable resources, eternal peace, happiness and bountiful harvest year after year.”
Similarly, Chief Minister of Sikkim P.S Tamang wishing on the auspicious occasion of Barahimizong hoped that this festival will bring together the people of Sikkim and rekindle the glorious legacy of a life of equality, prosperity and oneness, filling every mind and home with celestial joy.
Barahimizong is a festival observed by the Mangar Community in Sikkim and it is celebrated as a day when Mangar people come together to pay homage to their forefathers and kuldevtaas by performing various religious rituals and rites. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of Mangar Purnima which happens to fall in the month of December.
On the propitious occasion of Sakewa, Chief Minister in his greeting said that the festival of Sakewa holds special significance for the State of Sikkim.
It is a symbol of brotherhood and unity amongst the Sikkimese people as all the communities come together to make the festival a collaborative celebration.
The festival of Sakewa also signifies the wisdom that our ancestors intended to pass on to subsequent generations as a tradition in the quest to protect our environment, thereby providing the way of living in perfect harmony with nature.
On this auspicious occasion, let us all pray to Mother Nature for the well being of our people. The worship of Mother Nature has become all the more relevant at a time when the world is coping with the repercussions of overall degradation in the environment and quality of ecosystem.