Sartang celebrates Tang Festival

From Rinchin Khandu

BOMDILA, Sept 15: Tang Festival, reflecting time-tested rich cultural heritage of Sartang tribe of West Kameng district, was celebrated at Salari villlage under Dirang sub-division of West kameng District.

Sartangs follow Buddhism with animistic practices and Salari village is their hub.

Though all tribes of the state have their festivals, but this agriculture-based festival is most important one of Sartang community and celebrated during pre-harvesting period. On the last day of the festival, a bull tied up with a holy thread made up of sheep wool is freed for life time with the prayers for good harvest.

The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic could not dampen their spirit as they celebrated by strictly following prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs).

About 50 people, including Sartang Welfare Society general secretary Wang Tsering Rokpu, advisor Prem Thilley Sunick, Sartang Elite Society GS Lobsang Tenzing Rockpudu, BJP district president Yeshi Yamchodu, head priest Romu and Chabje of Sartang tribe GBs of Sartang village, intellectual and students enthusiastically joined the celebration.

This sate is known for about 200 languages, highest in the world and Satangs, who mostly live in 11 villages, namely Khoitam, Rahung, Namku-thangka (Salari), Boot (Jerigaon) and Khoina, use Kho-Bwa language.

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