Imphal: Union minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda on Wednesday encouraged the tribal people to keep alive their age-old cultures and traditions. Arjun Munda said this while attending the closing function of the two-day state level Hun festival of the Thadou tribe of Manipur, the biggest cultural festival of the Thadou tribe, held at Thomas Ground in Kangpokpi district.
The Union minister said that he was excited by the traditional ritual performances and folk dances in their pure traditional forms and traditional attires and artworks in this festival.
“I am very happy you still keep intact the cultures and traditions of your forefathers. You keep alive your cultures and traditions,” he appealed.
He said that tribal people are leading a happy life anywhere they live. “The happiness is so high among the tribes. You can’t purchase happiness from a market”.
The Union minister then said that the Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is always interested in the protection and preservation of cultures and traditions of the tribal people including their dialects.
Various schemes and projects are being implemented for the welfare and uplifting the living standard of the tribal people across the country while protecting their culture and tradition, he added.
In the New Education Policy 2020, too, chapters highlighting the cultural heritages of the tribal are included, he pointed out.
The Union minister then urged the tribal people to protect and preserve their cultures and dialects while asserting the culture is identity.
Union minister of State for Education and External Affairs, RK Ranjan, who also attended the closing function as guest of honour, said that Thadou is one of the biggest communities and their culture.
“We must celebrate our festivals by inviting and respecting other ethnic communities,” the Union minister added.
In his address as president of the function, Manipur Tribal Affairs, minister Letpao Haokip termed the Hun as one of the biggest festivals of the Thadou community.
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The closing event was also attended by Manipur Corporation minister Nemcha Kipgen and MLA S Kunjakeshwore among others.
The Hun Festival is the biggest festival of the Thadou tribe of Manipur.