Gangtok, Jan 14
Governor Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister P. S. Tamang (Golay) have offered their greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Maghe Sankranti or ‘Makar Sankranti’, In his message, the Governor has said, “Sikkim is land of festivals. ‘Makar Sankranti’ festival is celebrated with pomp and show in all nuke and corner of Sikkim. It is also the occasion to mark own respect for the ceaseless hard work of our farmers. This occasion reminds us bounty of nature brings the promise of further growth and progress of the State of Sikkim. These festivals symbolise the joy of sharing the new crop with one’s family and community, and are intertwined in the soul of the State. All communities of Sikkim celebrate this festival with the spirit of mutual love, affection and fraternity.
Such festival has invaluable contribution in the geographical, cultural and emotional unification of the State. I am confident that this festival will help further strengthen the spirit of peaceful co-existence and unity, and further enhance the prosperity and happiness of Sikkim.”
Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang has extended his warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Sikkim on the auspicious occasion of Maghe Sankranti.
Chief Minister in his message says Maghey Sankrant is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindu community. This sacred day marks the beginning of a propitious phase of nature’s transition and the wheel of time. It also marks the beginning of warmer and longer days in the run-up to the next equinox.
Maghe Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is also a tradition marking the arrival of the spring season.
The festival has a religious and spiritual significance and is celebrated in different parts of the country as per the local customs, traditions, and beliefs.
The lunar calendar of Kirat community named after their first King Yalambar is known as Yele Sambat begins from Makar Sankranti. The auspicious festival also holds special significance for the Limboo, Rai, and Sunuwars communities as it marks their new year, known as Yele Tangbe, Yele Dong of Rais and Yele Thoche respectively which commences from Maghe Sankranti.
However, the Limboo community celebrates the festival as “KOK FUNG TSONGNAM” termed as the welcoming of the God of prosperity and driving away from the devil famine from the region.
KOK FUNG in Limboo language means the blossoming of Magnolia and Rhododendron.
The festival is also celebrated for bringing together marriage aspirants through “Dhan dance” and other cultural activities.
In Sikkim, Maghe Melas are held all over the State as an integral part of the festivities. The most popular Maghe Mela is held at Jorethang in South Sikkim attracting a huge number of people and tourists.
In his message to the people of Sikkim, the Hon’ble Chief Minister has wished for happiness, good health and a renewed sense of purpose and commitment and to celebrate the festival with mutual respect and harmony.