Gangtok, Aug 19
Pang Lhabsol Celebration Committee [PLCC] is working on war-footing basis to host the Pang Lhabsol celebration 2019 with the tagline of ‘Sikkim Invokes Mount Khangchendzonga’ from 11 to 13 September at Mani Chokerling Complex and Cho-Dzo Lake premises in Rabong in South Sikkim. The festival has the series of traditional, cultural, musical, sports and other events. Prayers and sacred Chaam including PangtoedChaam [Warrior Dance] will be conducted at Mani Chokerling Complex, while Cho-Dzo Lake premises is the main venue for all rest events.
Addressing a press conference here today, PLCC treasurer Kesangla D Lhasungpa mentioned that the PLCC was working hard to host the 36th Pang Lhabsol celebration at Rabong in a grand manner with a tagline of ‘Sikkim invokes Mt Khangchendzonga’. He mentioned that Pang Lhabsol was one of an important festival of Sikkim which was celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the Tibetan lunar calendar which almost corresponds to the month of August or September in English calendar every year. This year it is falls on 13th September.
“The festival is being celebrated all over the State on the eve of autumn harvest, rituals are performed, prayers offered in all the monasteries, holy caves, sacred places in honour of the great Mt Khangchendzonga and other subordinate deities of the total 110 holy peaks in the range of Mt Khangchendzonga and invoke blessing for the protection, peace and prosperity of the land,” MrLhasungpa said.
PLCC general secretary Bishnu Sharma mentioned that on the suggestion of the Chief Minister PS Tamang the main venue for the celebration has been shifted to Cho-Dzo Lake premises to maintain the sanctity of the monastery. However, he added that prayers and Chaam will be performed at Mani Chokerling Complex. He informed that the CM will be the chief guest on 13 September. He added that 80% of the preparations have been completed and other preparations have been going on in the war-footing basis.
PLCC publicity secretary, Bhawani Gurung mentioned that the celebration will have the series of events which will be starting from 01 September. He said that PLCC has been putting its full efforts to take the festival globally. He said that the celebration has been given the tagline of ‘Sikkim invokes Mt Khangchendzonga’ to attract global attention as Sikkim has the third highest mountain, Mt Khangchendzonga of the world. He added that the committee has been promoting the festival through different medium in the international level.
One of the main attractions of the celebration is the volleyball tournament in open and intra-Sikkim categories. It is informed that the open volleyball tournament will have Indian international players. Five teams, North Frontier Railway, Chennai Custom, Punjab Police, Haryana and Kerala have already given their confirmation in the open category, which carries the cash prize of Rs 3 lakhs to the winner and Rs 2 lakhs to the runners-up. Likewise, intra-Sikkim volleyball tournament carries the cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to the winner and Rs 50,000 to the runners-up. It is informed that interested can contact the sports wing till 24 August and fixture will be drawn on 25 August. There will be exhibition volleyball matches in women and veteran’s categories. Likewise, other sports events include the state-level marathon, arm wrestling and tug of war and traditional sports of the State.
Likewise, another attraction of the celebration is the solo song competition, Pang Lhabsol Idol 2019, The Voice of Pang Lhabsol. The auditions of the competition will be held on 4 and 5 September at Rabong community hall and interested can collect the form from the organizing committee. Top 10 contestants from the auditions will be performing on 11 September and then top 5 will take each other in the grand finale on 13 September. Pang Lhabsol Idol 2019 has the cash prize of Rs 50,000 to the winner, Rs 30,000 to first runner-up and Rs 20,000 to second runner-up and organizers have decided to take a music album of top five contestants.
The celebration also has Music Fest, traditional and cultural presentations, handicraft and handloom exhibition, traditional food stalls, street plays by Kapinzal Children Home, Rabong, boating, a cup of coffee at Tree House at the main venue among other series of activities.