The ongoing Buddha Mahotsava in Bomdila, which began with a vibrant cultural display on the first day, mesmerized the crowd on the second day as well. The second day started with a marathon which was flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner of West Kameng District, Sonal Swaroop. The theme of the second day was HAPPY FEET. The marathon was followed by the archery competition. It was organized at a point on the RR Hill. The archery competition was also comprised of teams in which each team had two-three members.
Next a face painting competition was organized at the Upper Gompa of Bomdila, where 8 teams participated. In this competition, one team member’s face was painted by the other members of the same team. Each team comprised of two-three members. The face painting competition was the last event of the morning session.
The evening session of Buddha Mahotsava
The evening session of the first day started with a talk on Buddhism by the Rev Lama Tashi Bapu, Director, CIHCS, DAHUNG. It was followed by the address of the Chief Guest, Honourable Education Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Hongchung Ngadam. The theme of the address was ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padao’. He said, ‘A girl child is more intelligent than a boy of the same age. They are intelligent, hardworking and active and capable of accomplishing any task they put their mind to. So we as a society should not sacrifice our life but sacrifice our time, our materials to educate the girl child because like the saying goes, there is a women behind a successful man. We must protect and support them because no country can run without women.’
An ethnic fashion show by designer Rinchin Lhamu Kharma, NEFW was also presented in the evening show. Various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh presented their traditional attire at the show. The star performer of the evening was Meripeni Patton, Nagaland singer. Apart from that various tribes like Apatani, Nyishi, Shertukpen, Basar, Miji presented their traditional dances. A Tibetan troupe and a Bhutanese troupe also performed at the event.