Khasi New Year day was observed in a solemn celebration at Riti Academy, Shillong

Shillong, Nove 16: The Khasi New Year day was observed in a solemn celebration at Riti Academy, Jaiaw Langsning, Shillong at midnight on 15th November, 2020 by . The celebration was graced by Mr Spiton Kharakor, Mr Herman Nongrum, Mr N Munish Singh and a host of well-wishers, with the traditional lighting of the torch  initiated by Mr Raphael Warjri, Chairman, Riti Aacdemy.

The new year day of the Khasi community is based on the agrarian calculation of the lunar cycle introduced by the renowned writer, Spiton Kharakor, ‘The other communities elsewhere in the country and the world have their new year as much  as the Khasi does, and it has always been prevailed among the farmers in every village. But it was never held as a special occasion until last year’.

He said that the motivation for the observation of new year was triggered during the second death anniversary of late Mr B Nishan Wahlang at Riti Academy on a casual interaction with Mr Herman Nongrum. Recalling his encounter with late Wahlang, Nongrum stated ‘I asked Wahlang to define and write something about the concept of Tipbriew Tipblei, to which he kept the condition that I should let him know about the Khasi new year day’. However, the metaphorical answer facilitated the actual endeavour of formulating the lunar calendar that was published subsequently.

The most relevant message sent across by Mr Herman Nongrum ‘We will start the New Year with the hope for good health and eradication of the menace of Covid 19’, which was taken as a resolution for the upcoming year. Other who spoke on the occasion included Mr N Munish Singh and Mr Raphael Warjri, which was followed with the interaction on the topic from among those present on the auspicious occasion.

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