Shillong, 15th October 2023 – The vibrant and spirited youth of Shillong, Mawlai, gathered in enthusiastic numbers at the Sacred Heart Theological College on the 15th of October for the highly anticipated Annual Youth Fest 2023. The theme of the fest, "WITH THE YOUTH ON THE SYNODAL PATH," resonated deeply with the youth, as they came together to celebrate the boundless potential of their generation.
The event commenced on a pious note at 9 am with a solemn Holy Eucharistic celebration, presided over by the revered Fr. Hilarious Lamare, V.G. of Jowai Diocese. This spiritual start set the tone for a day of inspiration and growth. Over 1400 youth from Shillong and its neighbouring regions participated, creating a vibrant and diverse gathering.
The keynote speaker for the event was none other than the esteemed Mr. Anthony Khongsit. In an impassioned address, he motivated the youth, emphasizing the critical role they play in shaping the future of our nation and culture. Mr. Khongsit urged the young minds to embrace leadership with commitment, dedication, and perseverance. He highlighted the importance of resolutely saying "no" to harmful influences such as drugs and alcohol and encouraged them to always stand up for what is right and good. His words of wisdom left a lasting impact on the audience, who departed with renewed enthusiasm for positive change.
As the day unfolded, post-lunch, the fest became a colorful showcase of the diverse cultures of the North East. Various youth groups presented their rich cultural heritage through vibrant dance performances, thought-provoking skits, and melodious songs. The crowd was enthralled by the cultural diversity and unity on display, fostering an environment of mutual learning and respect.
The Annual Youth Fest 2023 provided a platform for the young minds to not only celebrate their potential but also to learn from one another, strengthening their resolve to be leaders of change in their communities.
The Annual Youth Fest 2023 organized by the Sacred Heart Theological College was a resounding success, leaving an indelible mark on the youth who attended. It served as a reminder that, together, the youth of today can indeed lead the world to a brighter tomorrow.