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Kathin Chibar Utsav at Titabor village

By Correspondent

JORHAT, Oct 28 � Seeking blessings for peace and harmony from Lord Buddha, hundreds of Tai Khamyang villagers at the remote Betbari Shyam Gaon in Titabor celebrated Kathin Chibar Utsav (robe offering ceremony) with various programmes that rejuvenated the feelings of universal brotherhood among the people of the locality since the last

three days.

During the current month of Kati on the Assamese calendar, devotees offered foodstuffs and chibar (robes) to monks at the pagodas. These monks chant the message of peace, harmony and salvation following the path shown by Lord Buddha. �As the robe offering ceremony is held during this period of scarcity of food and many other essential commodities in the villages, it is known as Kathin Chibar,� said Professor Lalit Shyam, who attended the function in the village on Sunday.

Clad in their traditional attire, young boys and girls attracted the attention of everyone in a cultural rally in the village that resonated with devotional music and prayers.

Narrating the significance of the function, monk Rewata Thera said it is one of the best known rituals of their religion which has inspired everyone to do hard work and render selfless service to mankind. �People are immensely inspired towards dedication and selfless service to mankind,� said Thera.

Delicious traditional vegetarian food served during the celebration catered to the tastes of those present, underlining the rich nutritive value and delicious choice of the Tai Khamyangs. They have added extra charm to the Assamese cuisine after they left their original habitats in neighbouring Myanmar centuries ago.

Hasna Shyam, a lady entrepreneur of the village, has popularised the traditional motifs on cloth as her locally produced apparel have brought tourists from different parts of the country to this remote village.

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