Mangan, 08 August (IPR): The Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival was celebrated in a grand manner at Ringhim Helipad in North Sikkim today.
The function was organized by Tendong Lho Rum Faat Celebration Committee, Ringhim Nampatam & Mangan.
Joint Director, Kanchenjunga National Park, Forest Department, Shri Sugen Saring, graced the occasion as chief guest.
Tendong Lho Rum Faat is one of the oldest festivals celebrated by the Lepcha people. The name Tendong hill from which the festival derives its name translates to “the hill of the raised horn” in Lepcha language. It is said that this hill rose from the horns of a deity which saved the Lepcha tribe from the great flood. This festival is celebrated by Lepcha people to honour the deity and the hill.
At the onset of the celebrations, a spiritual prayer was performed by the reverent five Boongthing where they invoke the deities for the peace of the world and all sentient beings.
Some of the important feature of the celebration was archery competition, poem recitations, traditional Lepcha dance, Singing, Tug-of-War and skit, etc.