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Solung Etor celebrated with gaiety

Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, MAY 15:

The celebration of Solung Etor Festival of the Adi community began with great pomp and show today in all the Adi inhabited villages and towns across mostly living in Siang, Dibang and Lohit valley of central and eastern Arunachal Pradesh and also in other far off areas/locations.

The Solung Etor Festival is celebrated on May 15 and is related to community fencing of the agricultural lands. In olden days, Mithuns were kept under large area in the jungle surrounded by fencing for protection of the crops. Etor means fencing in Adi. This festival is celebrated to begin the annual agricultural cycle of the community. The Community come together to repair / put up new fence to protect the agricultural fields for the season. All cattle are to be taken outside the fence.

In this festival of Etor, people worship the deities for the good health of their domestic animals and prosperity of the village. The festival consists of a huge feast and offerings are made to the Gods. Traditional Songs and dances are performed in the festival. The traditional dance and song Delong (an Adi male dance form) is performed by the men folk, especially, the youths in a Dere/ Musup (community hall). Gampu, a community feast is also organized in the Dere wherein only males and young children can participate.

The celebration started early today morning by sacrifice of animals like Pigs and Mithun and rituals of Solung Etor being performed. The festival will last for few more days and will end after conduct of a traditional rituals called Mopun in the last. The festival have series of serials and occasion like Dogin/Tanyumyume, Dorep/Ardo-Badolonge (today), Gampulonge, Kemey longe, Lungak /Eso-Eyekagam with traditional offerings to the God DadiBote associated with Agung Agamkepel and then lastly the Mopun , said Kaling Borang, one of senior Adi members in Pasighat town (the HQ of Adi communities) who heads the literary unit Adi Agom Kebang of the Adi Baane Kebang (the apex & appealte body of Adi Community).

Meanwhile, Mongol Yomso, Lok Sabha MP Candidate from National People s Party (NPP) attended as Chief Guest in the Etor Festival celebration at Bilat Village under Bilat circle of East Siang District. Traditional rituals including cultural items from village girls were also performed during the day programmes in which Yomso appealed the villagers, especially, the youths to preserve their rich traditions and cultures in days to come also.

 

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