Silash Tamang and Devika Gurung
Gangtok, May 14, 2012:
The word ‘great’ would be an understatement, after what has been presented in the Sikkim Spring Carnival.
Unexpectedly larger than life programmes from morning till night, wooed not only the tourists but even the locals. Binding the flavours of different communities and astounding thousands tourists with the State’s main strength i.e. Unity in Diversity, the Carnival also was able to erase the post earthquake fears from the minds of the people.
The opening day of the splendid Sikkim Spring Carnival witnessed a beautiful finish with cultural extravaganzas in the evening at the extravagantly beautified MG Marg. The heart of Gangtok, embellished with lights and decorative lured every person with its immense beauty.
The evening cultural programme presided over by the Tourism Minister, Bhim Dhungel as the Chief Guest also saw the presence of the Power Minister, Sonam Gyatso Lepcha as the Guest of Honour, Mayor, KN Tobgay, Deputy Mayor, Shakti Singh, former Minister GM Gurung and officials from various Departments.
Tourists both Indian nationals and foreigners along with the local public were also present at large. The various groups belonging to different ethnic communities of the State gave their viewers a glimpse of their tradition by showcasing a brief of their respective marriage and faith healer processions. The programme not only flaunted the rich Sikkimese culture and heritage but also exhibited the traditions of the North East States namely Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal along with West Bengal and Punjab through the dance performances by the various dancing troops who had come all the way from their home States for the said carnival.