BISWANATH CHARIALI, Oct 11 - The Karam festival was celebrated with the great pomp in the premises of St Francis Xavier�s School, Tetonbari, under Gohpur sub division.
It was organised by Dhangola unit of Tetonbari in collaboration with Gana Chetana Samaj, Tezpur.
Karam is one of the most popular festival of Adivasis of Assam. It is related to the harvest and to the Karam tree that symbolises fertility, prosperity and all that is auspicious. The name Karam is drawn from the name of a tree Karam.
Rev Bishop Robert Kerketta, SDB,DD (Emeritus), Tezpur graced the occasion as the chief guest. Bishop Robert said that the identity of a community lies in its various aspects of the culture that has to be preserved. He appreciated the initiatives taken for the revival of the culture in the area.
The guest of honours were Indrani Laskar, Circle Officer, Helem, Manager of Barmajan Tea Estate, Fr Pancratius Soreng, principal of St Francis Xavier�s School, Tetonbari, Fr George Soreng, SJ, Director, Gana Chetana Samaj, Tezpur, Fr Paul Dahanga, Coordinator of Dhangola of the Diocese of Tezpur, Fr Lambartus Kerketta, principle of Stella Maris School, Helem, Fr Bosco Dhanwar, principle of St Joseph School, Gohpur, Sr Clara Guria, headmistress, St Francis Xavier�s School, Tetonbari, Fr Vijay Topno, Dholaibil, Anthony Lugun, president, Amjharni panchayat and Mohan Munda, social activist.
A cultural programme was held on the occasion. The programme concluded with the immersion of the �Karam Raja�.