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By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, April 09, 2018:

The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Monday closed many financial institutions’ offices after they were informed that the banks located within the jurisdiction of East Khasi Hills district remained open despite the fact that today was declared a ‘holiday’ on occasion of Shad Suk Mynsiem.

The Shad Suk Mynsiem or ‘Dance of the joyful hearts’ is one of the major festivals of the state celebrated by Seng Khasi faithfuls since time immemorial. The dance, also known as Weiking Dance, is a rich traditional dance of the Khasis that happens annually during the month of April.

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In Shillong, the three-day festival is being held in Jaiaw and on the last day, the dance is annually held in Weiking ground, Jaiaw wherein thousands of spectators from across the Khasi-Jaintia Hills throng the area to get a glimpse of the colourful dance. And as is tradition, the state government annually declares the last day of the festival as a holiday.

However, there are some offices in the state capital – mostly financial institutions and private companies which asks employees to come to work on this day.

“After we received information that there are some institutions that disrespected our tradition by remaining open on this day, the KSU immediately went and ordered the respective offices to close down their shutters,” KSU organising Secretary Biangbor Paliar said.

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It was informed that the offices which remained open on this day included — SBI, HDFC, Axis, ICICI, Bajaj Allianz, Meghalaya Cooperative Bank, Canara, Indus Ind, and various other companies in Shillong.

Expressing its disappointment over the ‘lack of respect’ shown by these institutions, the KSU has issued a warning stating “If there are any offices that disrespect the sacred day of the Khasi, the union will be compelled to take strong actions.”

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