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Colourful Merriment in Manipur

Posted on September 30, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

With many festivities  and lot of merriment and pomp, Manipur is a place to go and really one where you should attend all the festivals here. There is no month of the year when this place doesn’t celebrate. It is celebration time here perennially. This place has immense culture, a great social life and the religious beliefs are given a lot of importance in this lovely little land nestled in the norhteastern part of India.


With a lot of recreation, and fun, these festivals is an outlet for these hardworking people called Manipuri’s living here.

The Lai Haraoba is aLai Haraoba festival that is celebrated for the deities called the Umang Lai and is a festival for the deities of the past and also for the ancestors. There are a lot of dances done by men and women and these invoke the divinities of the past generations. The ruling deity of Moirang is the Thangjing and this deity is invoked with a lot of crowd and is usually in the month of May.

In the month of February and March visit Manipur to see them celebrating the Yaoshang or the Dol Jatra. It starts from the full moon day of the Indian month of Phalgun and goes on for five days. There are lots of folk dances and all the boys and girls dance holding hands and the festive fever catches on and the whole place is agog with activity. There are donations that are collected from house to house and then there are feasts and parties held with this money. But lately this money is being used for more beneficial purposes like social get together and sports meet etc.


Ratha Jatra is the festival for the months of June and July. The locals believe that this is the time Lord Jagannath leaves his temple in the chariot or the Rath and this is the reason he is carried in the rath or the kang as it is called here. The devotees pull their favourite lord along and it is a great atmosphere during this time.

Ratha Jatra

Id comes next . Ramzan Id is the main festival of the Muslims in Manipur. Called the Meitei Pangal it is celebrated with the usual pomp and glory. Ramzan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar and Muslims during this period usually practice the act of self denial by avoiding food, drink and smoke from pre dawn till sunset. They pray for the well being of all and have been following this practice since the time of Prophet Mohammed. When the new moon comes out they break their fast and this is called the Id Ul Fitr and is a great day . Everyone goes to the mosque and offers prayers. After a lot of greetings exchanged it is feat time with friends and family.

The festival of Kuki Chin Mizo is another festival of Manipur. Also called Kut it is a festival for the autumn season.

Kuki Chin Mizo

Festivals are many in the land of Manipur and enjoy the merriment of this place. With its lovely surroundings and green expanse, Manipur certainly is a place to visit.

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