File image of Behdeiñkhlam celebration at Jowai.

Greeting the people of Meghalaya on the occasion of Behdeiñkhlam, chief minister Conrad K Sangma called for prayers to the Almighty to ward off the evil that has taken the world under siege.

“Together, let’s offer prayers to the Almighty and perform rituals from our abodes to ward off evil that’s taken the world under siege. May this festival bring forth good health and abundance to the citizens of our State and our country.

Wishing everyone a happy Behdeiñkhlam,” the chief minister said in his message.

Behdeiñkhlam is celebrated annually in the last week of June or the first few week of July in Jaiñtia Hills after the sowing period is over.

Behdeiñkhlam means “chasing away the demon of plague”.

This year, the celebration went on amid strict protocols due to the spread of coronavirus, but the festival is all about driving away evils and pandemics.

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