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Brew festival marks Megong in Babadam

Tura, Nov 18: Local brew from Garo Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam lined up on Thursday as part of Megong festival

There will be brew contest during the three-day event.

Chief Secretary Rebecca Suchiang, while addressing the gathering at Babadam,on the  outskirts  of Tura, wanted the people to tap the potential of Garo Hills.

She said brew making is the strength of Garo Hills and encouraged local brew makers.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said the government started Me’gong with a theme of exploring the different breweries of the tribal cultures. “Tribal people are proud of their culture and their traditional drinks represent their cultural identities. And as a government, we feel that people should be given an opportunity to experience the unique cultural diversities of Northeast. We all share a bond and through this festival we aim to foster our relationship,” the chief minister said.

He also told the gathering that next year, the government intends to upscale the event and include more activities. “We may change the theme of the event every year, but what will remain intact is the intend to ensure that the tribal identity and culture is maintained,” he added.

Apart from brew competitions and food shows, this year’s event will witness rock shows by local talents and display of different dance forms from different parts of Northeast.

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