SUBJECT :The three-day long festival of Limboo community, Balihang Tongnam, concluded at Yuksam, West Sikkim on Saturday. 

The celebrations at Balihang Tongnam, at Yuksam.

By:- Kush Hangleewang

Geyzing, November 11, 2018: The three-day long festival of Limboo community, Balihang Tongnam, concluded at Yuksam, West Sikkim on Saturday. The international-level Blihang Tongnam festival organized by Limboo community of Yuksam also had the attendance of people from Nepal, Bhutan, and Assam and Darjeeling hills.

The concluding day of the festival was graced by filmmaker Sagar Kerung Limboo from Nepal as the chief guest. Musician and lyricist Mani Limboo from Kathmandu was present as the special guest along with other dignitaries from Limboo community.

Sukh Bir Limboo , the chief coordinator of the festival organizing committee, informed that the objective of initiating the festival was to keep alive the culture and traditions of Limboo community through the activities based on customs and culture of the community. He expressed that time has come to work for protection and preservation of culture, customs and traditions, considering the risk of extinction of age old cultural and traditional values followed by the Limboo community. He added that the aim of the organizing committee was to bring the Limboo community together at a platform and make them aware about customs and culture of the community.

Bishal Limboo, the chief patron of organizing committee, elaborated that Balihang Tongnam is one of the most important festivals of Limboo community and the aim behind organiziong the fest was to spread awareness among the youth about need of protection of Limboo community’s rich cultural heritage that is at the risk of extinction due to lack of knowledge and effort for protection and preservation.

Appreciating the initiative taken by the organizing committee, Sagar Kerung said that preservation and protection of history, culture and traditions of any community is like keeping alive the identity of that community.

He expressed that he felt proud to be in Sikkim where protection and preservation of culture, customs and traditions of each and every community have been ensured in the State.

The three-day event was full of cultural activities. Traditional Limboo dances like Yaa-Rak and Chyabrung, Dewsi( in Limboo language) and religious procession on cultural theme were other attractions of the three-day event along with ethnic food stalls of the Limboo community.


Source: Sikkim Express