The Meghalaya Minister for Tourism, Metbah Lyngdoh graced the Rugala Ceremony of the 100 Hundred Drums Wangala Festival at Asanggre near Tura.
A day ahead of the Wangala, a ritual called Rugala is performed by the Nokma (A Village Chief) and in this ritual, the offering of the first hand special rice-beer along with cooked rice and the vegetables are given to Misi Saljong, the Great Giver.
Speaking on the occasion, Metbah Lyngdoh expressed his happiness to witness the wangala festival lauded the committee members for keeping the tradition alive and their will to promote the Clean and Green Wangala festival.
Further, the Chief Guest also handed over the Cheque of Rupees 20 lakhs from the Department of Tourism to the Chairman of the 100 Drums Wangala Committee.
Indigenous Games and Cultural competitions marked the second day of the Wangala festival. Many participants took part in the Indigenous games like Wa.pong Sika, Jakpong Pe.a, An.ding Oka, Rong.ma Chilsusaa, Rong.ma Gosusaa while Cultural and recital competitions includes Dimchrang, Sarenda, Chigring, Adil Sika amongst others.
Advisor to the Chief Minister, Thomas A Sangma, Deputy Speaker, Government of Meghalaya, Sanbor Shullai, MLA Mawsynram Constituency, Himalaya Shangpliang, MLA Umroi Constituency, George B Lyngdoh, MLA Rambrai Jyrngam Constituency, Kimfa Marbaniang, MLA, West Shillong, Mohendro Rapsang, Director, Department of Tourism, C V D Diengdoh, Deputy Commissioner, West GAro Hills, Ram Singh, Superintendent of Police, Dr M G R Kumar, district officials were among others present at the wangala festival.