Buddhist community of West Kameng and Tawang districts celebrated Choekhor Festival fruitfully. An annual festival, it is celebrated to avoid the social evil and natural calamities for bumper harvests to bring prosperity, happiness and peace on earth.
‘Choe’ means 108 volumes of Mahayana Buddhist religious books while ‘khor’ means carrying them in and around the villages.
About 700 people carrying Choe (Buddhist religious books) start marching from Thubchog Gatselling Monastary en-route Political garage, Pedung village, Kunjang Choekhorling Monastary of Pemaling Colony, Bank Colony, Gontse Rabgeling Monastary and 1 Mile and finish at Sera village.
The festival was celebrated enthusiastically on May 31st, around Pedung and Sera villages where Kengpas play an active role. Kengpa is a mask man who protects Buddhist religious book from unwanted evils.
The festival was attended by Thubchog Gatselling Monastary Abbot Guru Tulku Rinpoche, EAC Bomdila Sang Khandu, DRDA Project Director Kesang Ngurup Damo, village GBs Wangdi (Sera), Passang Monpa and Kesang Tsering (Pedung), Bomdila LAMPS Chairman Dorjee Tsering, among others joined the celebration this year.