Sikkim not only boasts of its enchanting beauty but is also the first Indian state to ban disposable plastic bags way back in 1998. In another major step to combat pollution, Sikkim banned the use of packaged drinking water in government offices and government events in 2016.
The picturesque Himalaya state has time and again set examples for other states to follow. And keeping up with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for ‘Make In India’ items, the local entrepreneurs and Self-Help Groups are leaving no stone unturned to create eco-friendly products which are lap up by customers.
In one such instance, beautifully hand-crafted bamboo water bottles have turned out to be a major crowd puller at the ongoing Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2020
In a bid to go eco-friendly, the organizing committee of Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela, 2020 has commenced on using hand-made water bottles made out of bamboo.
These organic bottles are have been encrypted with ‘Plastic-free Sikkim’ and also an image of the most popular flower of the state, orchid.
The state-level Maghey Sankranti festival kickstarted on January 15th, 2020 with extreme grandeur at the picturesque Jorethang. Even though there were many highlights of the festival but Maghey Mela aims at bringing the brilliant craft of the skilled workers at a global platform.
The handicrafts, artwork and brilliant cultural programmes showcasing the integrity of the different customs and traditions of Sikkim are at display at the Mela. In this regard, handmade bamboo water bottles, was one of the major highlights of the Jorethang Maghey Sankranti Mela this year.
Maghey Mela has its history associated with an agricultural fair that was held at Jorethang in the year 1955 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, an auspicious day which marks the beginning of the holy month of Magh in the Hindu lunar calendar. Maghe Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is also a tradition marking the arrival of the spring season. The festival will conclude on January 22nd, 2020.