SANGKEN FESTIVAL WILL BE CELEBRATED
Sangken, popularly known as the Water festival was celebrated from April 14 to 16 by the Theravada Buddhist communities with great fervour and zeal for three days. This festival marked the advent of the New Year and was celebrated with tremendous gusto with people throwing water at each other.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein alongwith his family members celebrated the auspicious occasion at Kongmu Kham. He participated in the ceremony of Loung Fra-bringing out of statues of Lord Buddha from the main temple to temporary shrine on April 14.
Sangken is akin to the festival of Holi and Songkran festival of Thailand. Though it is celebrated all over the Tai Khamtis, Singphoos and Tangsas (Tikhaks) inhabited districts with great enthusiasm, it is in Namsai Chongkham, Empong, and Phaneng that these communities hold the very important ritual of bathing the Buddha and people from all over come to witness this event. The pouring of water is symbolic of the cleansing of the spirit, mind and body.