Over India Festivals
Manipur is a land of festivities, merriments
and mirths all the year round. A year in Manipur Presents
a cycle of festivals. Hardly a month passes without
a festival or two. To the manipuris, festivals are the
symbols of their cultural, social and religious aspirations
which, besides removing the monotony of life by providing
physical diversions, mental recreation and emotional
outlet, help them lead a better and fuller life.
Ningol Chakouba - the social festival
It is a remarkable social festival of the Meiteis. Married
women of the family who were married to distant places
come to the parental house along with her children and
enjoy sumptuous feast. It is a form of family rejoinder
to revive familial affection. The festival is also observed
by the Pangals (Manipuri Muslims) to a certain extent
now-a-days. It is observed on the second day of the
new moon in the Manipuri month of Hiyangei(November).
Yaoshang - The premier festival of
Celebrated for five days commencing from the full moon
day of Phalguna (february/March), Yaoshang is the premier
festival of Manipur. The Thabal Chongba - a kind of
Manipuri folk dance, where boys and girls hold hands
and sing and dance in a circle, is particularly associated
with this festival. Boys and girls and old women collect
donations from house to house and the money so collected
is spent in a number of parties and feast. Indeed, Yaosang
to Manipur is what Durga Puja is to Bengal, Diwali in
north India and Bihu to Assam.
Ramjan ID - The premier festival of
Ramjan Id is the most popular festival of the Manipuri
Muslims (Meitei Pangal) in Manipur and is observed in
the usual spirits of joy and festivities as in other
Muslim world Ramjan is the ninth month of Hijri year
since the time of prophet Mohammed and during this month
the Muslims practice seld denial ny avoiding any food,
drink and smoke from pre-dawn till sunset. During this
month is spent on prayers. After the month on the second
day of shawwal, when the new moon is visible they break
fast and this fast breaking day is called Id-Ul-Fitre.
On this day, they go to the mosques to offer prayers
and take delicious dishes, exchange greetings and call
on the friends and relatives.
KUT - the festival of Kuki-Chin-Mizo
It is an autumn festival of the different tribes of
Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur. The festival has been
variously described at different places amongst different
tribes as Chavang-Kut or Khodou etc. It is a happy occasion
for the villagers whose food stock is boundiful after
a year of hard labour. The festival is a thanks giving
featsts with songs and dances in merriment and joviality
for all, in honour of the giver of an abundant harvest,
it is observed on the 1st of November every year.
Gang-Ngai - Festival of Kabui Nagas
Celebrated for five days in the month of Wakching (December/Janaury)
GANG-NGAI is an important festival of the Kabui Nagas.
The festival opens with the omen taking ceremony on
the first day and the rest of the days are associated
with common feast, dances of old men and women and of
boys and girls, presentation of farewell gifts etc.
For 1997, it starts from Janaury 21.
Chumpha -festival of Tangkhul Nagas
Celebrated for seven days in the month of December,
the Chumpha festival is a great festival of the Tanghul
Nagas. The festival is held after harvest. The last
three days are devoted to social gatherings and rejoicing.
Unlike other festivals women play a special role in
the festival. The concluding part of the festival ends
with a provession within the village.
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