KSU shuts down establishments for disregarding state holiday

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SHILLONG, April 15: Disregarding the state holiday as has been declared by the state government on the occasion of the Shad Suk Mynsiem festival has prompted the influential Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) to shut down a number of banks and private offices here on Monday.

The banks and other private offices had remained open despite the last day of the festival being declared as a holiday by the state government.

The Shad Suk Mynsiem or ‘dance of the happy heart’ is an annual spring dance held for three days to give thanks to the Almighty for his blessings and to celebrate harvesting and sowing.

On being informed of these establishments functioning as normal on Monday, KSU activists went and shut down the banks and private offices in East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi district.

The KSU has warned all offices which fail to respect special occasions and festivals observed by the indigenous Khasi people.

“We also urge the bank authorities to include the Shad Suk Mynsiem and Pomblang Nongkrem in their list of holidays,” general secretary of the Union Donald V Thabah said.

Thabah also demanded that the state government ensures that all government and private offices, educational institutions and banks respect such important occasions failing which the Union will take stern action.