Meghalaya gears up for festive season
Festivity is in the air in Meghalaya as the state gears up for Christmas and New Year with illuminated streets and colourful stars
Christmas trees and wreaths adorned every Christian household and shop and Churches were decorated with colourful lights besides illuminated stars symbolising the advent of Jesus in this Christian-dominated state.
Braving chilly evening, children and youths sing carols in the streets while Santa Claus gifts children chocolates and sweetmeats for the past one week.
The season could not have been complete without the best of the bakers offering their special cakes and cookies for the season to add embellishments to the festival.
Though official holidays would begin from Monday, it actually started from this evening and will continue till December 27.
Not only Christians, people from other faiths also joined the festivities.
“We have been celebrating Christmas with our Christian brothers for many years. We are doing it and we will continue to do it,” said J L Das, the general secretary of Central Puja Committee, apex body of all Hindu religious festivals and temples in Meghalaya.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has asked officials to ensure that tourists enjoy their stay in festive season.
A bandh was called by a proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council on Monday demanding unconditional release of the pro-ILP activists, but the Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum would organize the Shillong Choir Festival on that day.
The Shillong Chamber Choir will perform along with choir groups from Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh.
“The government appeals to all citizens to completely disregard the bandh and to carry on with their daily activities,” Home Minister Roshan Warjri said.
Like in the Khasi Hills region, the Garo hills region of the state is equally decorated for the festival.