Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival, celebrated at Seijosa,Arunachal pradesh.
The 4th edition of the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival celebrated at Seijosa in Pakke-Kessang district.The festival took place between 18th January to 20 January, 2019.
Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival named after hornbills (‘Paga’ in the Nyishi language) the Pakke Paga Festival was proposed in 2014.
The festival is the lone conservation festival in the Arunachal pradesh which aims to conserve the wildlife, especially Hornbill, in Pakke Tiger Reserved Forest.
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief minister, Chowna Mein inaugurated the Pakke Paga hornbill frestivel 2019.Various participating NGOs working in and around the Pakke Tiger Reserve shared details of their work through displays in stalls,presentations,Documenteries,Megazines and Short films. Along with stalls that
displayed various traditional handicrafts and culture, various other activities including tree planting and other activities.
The Three-day event witnessed various tourism-related activities –
Day 1-Paga alo(Great hornbill day)
Registration for various tourist activities as well as workshop began early morning followed opening of various stalls at the festival.On the 1st day the various programs took place on the Frestivel –
- Tourism –
●Wildlife photography competition
● Historical site seeing(Naksha parbhat),Dissing passo circle
- Sports –
●Siga Ganam(Arrow shooting)
●Seigia Duknam(pole climbing)
●Metewk Hiknam(Jump & pin)
- Workshop – (By balipara foundation)
- Exhibition – (By various NGOs,HODs,S HGs)
●Elephant country products
- Indigenous cultural program/Wildliferelated documentery followed Nyishi Dance/Drama performance based on Nyasi folklore.
Day 2- Poo Alo (Wreathed Hornbill Day)
On the second day,Registration for various tourist activities as well as workshop began on 6 am.There was a marathon race”Run for nature” was organised where more than 100 people participated.There was a Pakke Paga beauty pageant also took place to involve youths in conservation efforts.The day concluded with presentations and discussions participating NGOs.
Day 3 – Gare Alo (Oriental Pied Hornbill day)
On the last day of the festival, various local sports,Creative activities for children, Miss paga grand finale, Cultural program was held throughout the day.The Pakke paga hornbill Frestivel Concluded with beautiful Closing ceremony.
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