Guwahati, October 27: On Thursday 5th edition of Tawang Festival kicked off at the general ground in Tawang. This was followed by school children releasing hundreds of balloons in the air to mark the beginning of the four-day festivity. Also Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the festival and attended the street carnival show held at old market.
CM Khandu also inaugurated the exhibition stalls where products and materials from various government departments, NGOs and local community bodies were showcased. The stalls have produces from horticulture, agriculture, forest and textile departments. Local organisations also displayed their traditional handlooms, traditional papermaking technique and local ornaments. The festival also has food stalls from different communities of Arunachal selling tribal delicacies.
North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary, Ram Muivah, inaugurated the traditional games and sports competition. The competition will be held on local archery, weightlifting, shot put, and tug of war, Thepi, Glangnyuri and Lei.
On the first day, the famous Yak dance from different villages of Khirmu, Mukto, Gyankhar, Bomdir, Gonkhar were displayed. International artists from Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and artistes Tenzin Kunsel and Ani Choying Droma are also taking part in the event. The show will also have cultural presentation from Adi, Nyishi and Monpa tribes. RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and Tourism Secretary Dr Joram Beda also accompanied the CM.