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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