Minister for Ladakh Affairs and Cooperatives, Chering Dorjay today participated in Losar celebration organized by All Ladakh Students Association Jammu (ALSAJ) here.Speaking on the occasion, the Minister stressed upon the students to take a resolve on this Losar to follow the path of righteousness as shown by the teachings of 19th Skushok Bakula. He asked the Ladakhi community to strive for achieving quality education and serve the society by working for peace, love, compassion which is fundamental to celebration of Losar.Dorjey said in Ladakh Losar is regarded as the most important socio - religious event. “The festivities form an amalgamation of ancient rituals, folk dance, music and other performing arts”, he added.He further said “Losar is marked by ancient ceremonies that represent the struggle between good and evil, symbolizes throwing away of the evil and marks bidding farewell to the old year and welcoming the new one” he maintained.Highlighting the rich heritage and diversity of Ladakh, the home to people of different religions, the Minister said “We represent a particular culture, language and nature so we should strengthen the diversity which helps in flourishing the region.”
Applauding the role and achievements of ALSAJ, the Minister said celebrating the culture away from home was a valued step taken by them.He also hailed the establishment of blood donors group by the Association to help the ailing people of Ladakh going for medical treatment to other States of the country including Chandigarh PGI and Delhi. The Minister also appreciated the participants of the cultural programmed presented on the occasion featuring folk dance and music of Ladakh. Former Chief Secretary, C Phuntsog, civil society members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.