HAFLONG, Sept 17 - With a view to promote tourism in the district, Lungzubel festival was organised by the Biate Cultural Organisation (BCO) of Assam, in collaboration with 22 Sector Assam Rifles, State Tourism Department and Archaeological Department and a Haflong-based NGO named Make a Difference (MaD) Society, on September 16 at Khobak village.
Khobak village, overlooking the slopes of Meghalaya, located in the picturesque hills district of Dima Hasao, about 130 kms from its headquarter Haflong, is the new tourist destination of Dima Hasao, especially for nature lovers.
Thousands of people from all spheres attended the day-long programme that included pipe band display by the Assam Rifles and traditional dance by the local villagers belonging to the Biate community of Haflong. The event was also participated in by the Highlanders � the bikers� Club from Haflong, who rode all the way from the city to the venue.
Unfurling the National Tricolour during the event, NC Hills Autonomous Council Chief Executive Member Debojeet Thaosen praised the organisers for holding such a successful event and promoting this place which has such a promising tourism potential.
He added, �The word Lung-zu-bel signifies the historical remains of stone jars of rice beer. Such remains are found not just in this area, but also in other parts inhabited by some other communities of our district. This festival is a good initiative and it shall boost the tourist activities in the future.�
Pleased with the organisers, the CEM donated his one month�s salary to this organisation as a contribution for developing the area as a place of tourist attraction. Executive Member for Tourism, Laljoshua thanked the participants and the crowd present and explained how he wished to promote the place as a tourist destination.
The programme was attended by EM Debo Prasad Hojai, Nirmal Langthasa, Mahendra Kemprai, Commander of 22 Sector Assam Rifles Brig SP Vishwasrao and several others.