In a bid to eradicate drug addiction among the youths, the 10th Fazilka Heritage Festival will open with the theme ‘Healthy Fazilka’ Thursday. To make the youth aware of the benefits of healthy diet, the four-day festival will promote products such as milk, curd, lassi and other dairy items.
The organisers will also be honoring cyclists above the age of 90 years besides checking blood pressure and sugar levels of visitors .
The annual heritage fest was started by Graduates Welfare Association of Fazilka in 2006 to bring in limelight this small historical town which lies near the Indo-Pakistan border.
This year the Punjab government owned dairy co-operative brand MILKFED (Verka) will also take part in ‘Healthy Fazilka Night’ on the opening day wherein youths will be told the benefits of drinking milk, lassi among others against drugs.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Navdeep Asija, one of the founders of the fest said, “For the first time, we will be opening the fest under the theme of Healthy Fazilka. To promote nutrition intake and healthy lifestyle, the food thalis comprising wholesome sumptuous meal will be dished out for Rs 30 and 50 respectively. Verka will be providing flavored milk bottles, lassi, kheer and curd. The aim here is to fight drugs. We will also be honoring cyclists above 90 years from the town.”
On second day, a cultural night titled ‘Divyang’ will held for specially-abled children where they will get an opportunity to showcase their paintings. While the third day will focus on ‘Women of Fazilka’ the concluding day will highlight ‘Youthful Fazilka’. Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Park, Pertab Bagh and Clock Tower will be the venues for the four-day fest.
“Fazilka is such a small town that it gets dull after 8 pm. But it is historical and we want people to get together and celebrate its history,” said Asija.