Raipur; In a high-level meeting held here on Saturday under the chairmanship of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, the outline of the Tribal Festival and Rajyotsav to be organized this year was decided.
A five-day event of “Sal International Tribal Festival and Rajyotsav” will be jointly organized by the state government from October 28 to November one at the Science College ground in Raipur.
Chief minister said that Sal is the state tree of Chhattisgarh. Sal tree has great importance in tribal culture. Our tribal brothers consider and worship the Sal tree as a deity. Sal tree is worshiped in the Sarhul festival celebrated with joy in the tribal area. Keeping in view the importance of the Sal tree as the state tree and its significance in tribal life, it would be appropriate to name the Tribal Festival as “Sal International Tribal Festival”. The chief minister said that during the "Sal International Tribal Festival", programmes based on the art, culture, crafts, empowerment, and development of tribals should be organized.
It was decided in the meeting to organize International Tribal Festival from October 28 to October 30, while on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and martyrdom day of former Prime Minister Late Smt. Indira Gandhi on October 31, a conference on their contribution and tribal life will be organized in which famous speakers and thinkers will participate. In the state felicitation ceremony on November one, eminent people and institutions that have made remarkable contributions in various fields including art, culture, development of Chhattisgarh will be honored. It was decided in the meeting that during the Sal International Tribal Festival and Rajyotsav, many programs including interaction with eminent people in various fields, exhibition, live display of tribal art and culture, tribal craft fair, skill upgradation programme will be organized. Artists of the country and abroad will present their programs during the events.