Kohima: The Gorkha communities in Kohima celebrated Pre-Tihar (Deepawali Milan) jointly organsied by Gorkha Public Panchayat Kohima (GPPK) and subordinate bodies at Multi-utility hall Chandmari here on Tuesday night.
Extending greetings on the occasion, GPPK president Santu Thapa expressed hope that Tihar, which is also known as the festival of lights, brings abundance of blessing to the Gorkhas/Nepali community and the people of the State in general.
On the occasion, Thapa also led in paying homage to the forefathers of the community for being early settlers and also participating in the developmental process of Kohima by engaging in different fields. A moment of silence was also observed in honour of the departed souls.
MLA Keneizhakho Nakhro, Deputy IGAR(N) Brig Vinod Bajiya, Col Ganesh Nagarajan, ADC Kohima N Bhavani Sri and officials of Tsütuonuomia Khel Council led by its vice chairman Kelhousinyü Solo joined the festivity.
Comparer Jenny Lamichane dwelled on the significance of the celebrations, while Bhailo and Deusi, traditional songs that sung during the festival were presented by members of Gorkha Sahitya Kala Sanstha followed by entertainment by various clubs and Assam Rifles band.