Gangtok,Nov07: With a banner saying “Thank you Sikkim for 50 years of hospitality”, a Tibetan festival is being held in the capital town to commemorate 50 years’ stay of the Tibetans in Sikkim who came from Tibet in 1959.
The festival at the top of Kanchenjunga Shopping Complex in Lall Market was inaugurated by chief guest Mr. TT Bhutia, Minister SNT and PHE, on Friday, November 6. Mr. NK Pradhan, Minister HRD, Mr. DB Thapa, Minister UD & HD, Mr. Sonam Gatyso Lepcha MLA, Mr. Dorjee Namgyal Bhutia, MLA, were present, among others. They all are visited the stalls exhibiting Tibetan traditional food, handloom and cultural features. Dancers and singers from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, Headquarter of Tibetan Administration in exile, are performing live.
Chief Guest said, in Sikkim, we all Nepali, Lepcha, Bhutia stay in unity and the government provides the same status to Tibetans also who are considered as guest by both India and state government.
Items of culture, tradition and Buddhist religion, seminar, traditional and modern fashion show are in the agenda of the festival which will continue till November 10. This commemorative festival is being celebrated throughout India