Trip to Maipur for an Enthralling Experience of Festivals by VirginiaLuther


									      Trip to Maipur for an Enthralling
           Experience of Festivals
Manipur is a land of festivities. Happinesss and celebrations go on
around the year. A year in Manipur signifies a series of festivals.
Manipuris is an icon of their cultural, social and religious aspirations. It
removes the boredom of life by providing physical distractions, mental
recreation and emotional outlet helps one to lead a more relaxed and
fuller life. Festivals of Manipur are mostly religious and related with
the culture of Manipur. Experience the unseen festivals by travelling to
Manipur tourist places.

Yaoshang Dol Jatra :
Yaoshang Dol Jatra is celebrated for 5 days beginning from the full-
moon day of Phalgun (February/March). Yaoshang is the foremost
festival of Manipur. The Thabal Chongba a type of Manipuri folk dance
in which both the boys and girls hold hands and dance away their blues
in festive tube-lit ambience is an indivisible part of the festival. Young
and old folks collect donations from house to house and the money so
collected is spent in parties and feasts. However of late time and energy
earlier spent in this festival has been utilized in locally organized games
and sports meets. This is the most well know fiesta held in all the
Manipur tourist places.

Ratha Jatra :
Ratha Jatra is the utmost festival of the Hindus of Manipu. It is
celebrated for about 10 days in the month of Ingen (June/July). Lord
Jaganath leaves his temple in a Rath nearby known as Kang draged by
pilgrims who greet with one another for this tribute.

Gang-Ngai Festival of Kabui Nagas :
Gang-Ngai Festival of Kabui Nagas is celebrated for 5 days in the month
of Wakching (December/January). Gang-Ngai is an important festival of
the Kabui Nagas. The festival opens with the omen taking ceremony on
the 1st day. And the rest of the days are connected with common feast,
dances of old men and women and of boys and girls appearance of
farewell gifts etc.
KUT Festival :
It is an autumn festival of the different tribes of Koki-Chin-Mizo groups
of Manipur. The festival has been differently explained at different
places among different tribes as Chavang-Kut or Khodou etc. It is a
pleased occasion for the villagers whose food stock is abundant after a
year of hard work. The festival is thanks giving feasts with songs and
dances with glee and fun for all, in honor of the donor of an abundant
harvest. It is observed on the 1st of November every year.

Chumpha Festival of Tangkhul Nagas :
Chumpha Festival of Tangkhul Nagas is celebrated for 7 days in the
month of December. The Chumpha festival is a great festival of the
Tangkhul Nagas. The festival is held after harvest. The last 3 days are
devoted to social gatherings and rejoicing. Unlike other festivals women
play a special role in the festival. The ultimate part of the festival ends
with a procession within the village.

Ningol Chakouba :
It is a notable 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 luxurious feast. It is a form of family
comeback to restart family affection. It is observed on the 2nd day of the
new moon in the Manipuri month of Hiyangei.

Cheiraoba :
Cheiraoba is a festival of Manipur new year. During the festival people
clean and decorate their houses and prepare special festive dishes which
are first offered to various deities. It is celebrated during the month of
April. A part of the ritual entails villagers climbing the nearest hill tops
in belief that it will enable them to rise to greater heights in their
worldly life.

There are also so many other fesivals celebrated in Manipur. So make a
voyage to Manipur tourist places to experience this beautiful festivals.

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