International Director of Don Bosco Society, Fr. Pascual Chavez, who is on a three-day visit to Dimapur- the headquarters of Province of Dimapur was accorded grand reception at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, on November 5 by more than two thousand youth from various Don Bosco institutions of Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Upper Assam.
Young people from 46 centres of Dimapur Province, Don Bosco Fathers, Sisters, and Cooperators, Don Bosco alumni, teachers, government officials, friends, well-wishers and invited guests attended the programme.
Extending an affectionate welcome Fr. James Poonthuruthil, Salesian Provincial of Dimapur, gave a brief description of Dimapur Province in his welcome speech. “Dimapur Province is a mosaic of colourful cultures and traditions hailing from the four states of North East, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
Cultural Extravaganza depicting the life and culture of people brought in Meitei Dance from Manipur, Angami Folk Dance from Kohima, harvest dance from Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh, Jhumur Adivasi Dance from Tinsukia, Assam, Samgo Lembo Apatani Dance from Arunachal Pradesh, Rongali Bihu Dance from Jorhat, Assam and Vande Matram from Don Bosco Maram Manipur were the highlights of the programme. Archbishop Dominic Lumon of Impal also spoke at the programme
“You are not only the future of the society but the present of the society. You are the main resource of India. You are the main resource of North East India,” said Fr. Pascual in his address to more than two thousand youth gathered for the occasion. He expressed his happiness in being able to see Dimapur and witness the rich cultural heritage of the land as well as the work being done by the Don Bosco Fathers in different parts of the region. He reminded them that there were millions of youth in North East who were so exposed to dangers of various types yet so rich in promise, so intelligent and so capable. He invited them to not only take the stage to perform dances, but to take over the stages of history, by developing their inner potentialities to build up the region. He called upon everyone present, to unite and rise above differences of colours, tribes, languages, and social status to work together for the common good of the region.
According to Director Bosco Communications, Tarcisius Toppo, Fr. Pascual Chavez, was flanked by Rt. Rev. Dominic Lumon, Archbishopof Imphal, and Apostolic administrator of Kohima diocese, Rt. Rev.Joseph Aind, Bishop of Dibrugarh, Rt. Rev. P.K George Bishop of Miao,
Rt. Rev. John Thomas Katrukudiyil the Bishop of Itanagar, Fr. Maria Arokiam, Regional Councilor for South Asia, Rev. Fr. Juan Jose Bartholome, secretary to Rector Major, Fr. Michael Peediyil Salesian Provincial New Delhi, Fr. James Poonthuruthil SalesianProvincial, Fr. Nestor Guria Vice-Provincial, Fr. Jose Palely Economer and other invited guests.
It may be noted that Don Bosco Fathers are presently working in132 countries in around 98 regions, having around sixteen thousand members world over.