Art and Culture Current Affairs - 2019
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An annual festival of Tendong Lho Rum Faat of the ethnic Lepcha tribe of Sikkim was celebrated with traditional devotion and fanfare across the state.
About Tendong Lho Rum Faat festival
- It is one of the oldest festivals of the Lepchas, celebrated annually in the month of August in Sikkim.
- It is three day festival and on the first day, the tribe worship the Mount Tendong which is located in South Sikkim by offering of prayers.
- Significance of Festival: According to the folklore, Mt. Tendong had saved the Lepcha people during the great deluge which had flooded the entire Mayel Lyang country (now known as Sikkim).
- Celebrations: Special programme of puja, folk songs and dances are organized to mark the festival.
- Various cultural and literary programmes are held in the state to commemorate the occasion.
- On the concluding day, traditional Lepcha food, ornaments and costumes are displayed.
Kerala Tourism has won 2015 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) award in the ‘Heritage & Culture’ category for its Muziris Heritage Project.
The award bestowed in recognition project efforts which aim at restoring and conservation of historical and cultural significance of the ancient town and its uniqueness and impact on local community located in stretches from Ernakulam to Kodungalloor in Thrissur district of Kerala.
- Muziris was an ancient seaport and urban centre which dates from at least the 1st century BC and located at the mouth of the Periyar River in present south Indian state of Kerala.
- It was a key centre for trade in ancient times between southern India on one side and Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Roman Empire on the other side.
- Its historic importance has been mentioned in the bardic Sangam literature and a number of classical European historical sources.
Muziris Heritage Project: It is an ambitious tourism venture of Tourism Department of Kerala in order to reinstate the historical and cultural significance Muziris. It was started in 2006 and also covers various other historically significant sites and monuments in central Kerala.
About Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) award
The awards are given by Pacific Asia Travel Association and sponsored by Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO). Presented every year in recognition of the achievements of 25 separate organisations and individuals.
It should be noted that PATA is a membership association working to promote the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.