Namchi Mahotsav concludes on a high note

Namchi Mahotsav concludes on a high note
Tue, Nov 6, 2018

NAMCHI (IPR): The third and the concluding day of the ongoing Namchi Mahotsav themed 'explore the ethnic beauty' had the State Cultural Affairs minister G.M. Gurung as the chief guest.
Organized by south district administration in collaboration with Namchi Mahotsav Organising Committee under the guidance of South Sikkim Tourism Development Society (SSTDS), the event had the presence of DC (south) Prabhakar Verma, advisors, chairman, zilla panchayats and panchayat members, HODs, various dignitaries, stakeholders of Namchi Mahotsav and public at large.
It may be mentioned here that Namchi Mahotsav is an annual event organized at south district headquarters Namchi. This year, there were approximately 84 stalls comprising of flower exhibition cum sale, traditional food and ethnic stalls which were set up at Namchi bazaar premises. Additionally, the district Health department had also set up a free screening eye camp at Namchi bazaar premises.
Addressing the gathering, chief guest G.M. Gurung extended his congratulations to the organizing committee in successfully organizing Namchi Mahotsav. He spoke in brief regarding the significance of celebrating Namchi Mahotsav which acts as a platform in providing an opportunity to display along with preserving and promoting the diverse culture, tradition and artefacts of the various communities of the State.  He also spoke about the various pilgrimage sites which has been set up by the State government including Siddheswara Dham, Samdruptse, Tathagata Tsal and the recently inaugurated Chenrezig Singkham Riwo Potala and explained how these sites will boost the tourism sector in Sikkim. Minister Gurung also underlined the various awards and accolades that Sikkim has received till date and the recently conferred Future Policy Gold Award by the UN- Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.
At the onset of the Mahotsav celebration, the chief guest along with the dignitaries visited the various stalls.  
On the inaugural day of Namchi Mahotsav, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling had unveiled the Chrysanthemum competition cum exhibition wherein a total of 29 participants had participated. The first prize was handed over to Sonam Sherpa from Munal Nursery followed by Dhan Kumari Rai from Daisyland Nursery and Suresh Kumar Gurung from Bul who were placed second and third positions respectively. They were presented with certificate and cash prizes.
The concluding day also witnessed an assortment of cultural dance and song presentations from various cultural groups followed by an evening entertainment program by local artist and a band.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
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