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Jun. 6. At 1:30 pm, a cultural programme in honour of Don Bosco relic was held at a well decorated `Pandal` at Don Bosco Technical School premises . The members of the Salesian family of Shillong comprising of the SDBs, FMAs, MSMHCs, VSDBs, Cooperators, Past Pupils and students of various Don Bosco`s institutions presented items for the cultural gathering. The Chief Guest Mr. Bindo Lanong, Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya in his keynote address expressed his gratitude on behalf of all the people of Meghalaya for the works of the Salesians in uplifting the poor and the downtrodden.
On Sunday, the 5th of June all roads lead to Don Bosco Technical School as thousands of people continued to flock towards the well decorated venue in which the relic of Don Bosco was kept for public honour and veneration. The morning`s Holy Eucharist for the youth was well attended by thousands who gathered at DBTS.
Present for the cultural programme was Mr. Purno A. Sangma MLA, Meghalaya Assembly and former Lok Sabha speaker. Addressing the crowd, he said, `What I am today is because of the Salesians. They educated me and gave me a chance to be what I am today.`
The occasion was solemnized by the presence of the Archbishop of Shillong, Rev. Dominic Jala Sdb, Ms. Agatha Sangma, Minister for Rural Development – Government of India, Mr. Conrad Sangma, the leader of the opposition, Meghalaya Assembly, dignitaries from the state government, the religious and lay people. All through the programmes hymns and praises of Don Bosco were chanted by his beloved children.
The evening`s extravaganza was `a mark of love` that the people of Shillong had to Don Bosco since the arrival of the Salesians to the `Scotland of the East` in 1922.
The casket was taken to Mawlai Parish where thousands of faithful gathered to welcome the saint.