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Manipur  >>  Places of Interest  >>  Festival  >>  Dance  >>  Traditional Games  >>  Flora & Fauna  >>  Entry Formalities  >> Imphal

FESTIVAL OF MANIPUR

GANG-NGAI: It is a festival of the Kabui Naga community and it is celebrated in the month of December-January  for five days. The festival starts with a religious ceremony on the first day and the remaining days are associated with common feasts, dances and presentation of gifts etc.

LUI-NGAI-NI: This is a festival of sowing which the Naga community cele
brates on the 15th of February every  year. Social gatherings, songs, dances and rejoicing highlight the festivity.

ID-UL-FITR: Id-Ul-Fitr is the most popular festival of the Manipuri Muslims. It is celebrated to mark the end of  Ramzan, the holy month of fasting for the Muslims.

YAOSHANG (DOLJATRA): It is celebrated for five days commencing from the full moon day of Phalguna (February/March). The Thabal Chongba- a kind of Manipuri folk dance, where boys and girls hold hands, sing and dance in a circle, is particularly associated with this festival.

CHEIRAOBA:
It is celebrated during the month of April. People clean and decorate their houses and prepare special festive dishes, which are first offered to various deities. Villagers climb nearby hilltops in the belief that it will enable them to rise to heights in their worldly life.

LAI-HARAOBA:
It is celebrated during the month of May in honour of the Sylvan deities known as Umang Lai. The festival represents the worship of traditional deities and ancestors. The Lai Haraoba of God-Thangjing the ruling deity of Moirang is the most famous one.

RATH JATRA (KANG): Rath Jatra or car festival is celebrated for 10 (ten) days in the month of June/July. It is one of the greatest festivals of Hindus of Manipur. Lord Jagannath leaves his temple in a Rath known as "Kang" pulled by pilgrims.

HEIKRU HITONGBA: This festival is celebrated in the month of September. Along a 16 metre wide moat, long narrow boats are sailed by a large number of rowers. The idol of Lord Bishnu is installed before the commencement of the race.

KWAK YATRA(DUSSEHRA): It is celebrated during September/ October. In this festival the goddess Durga is propitiated with pomp and ceremony.

NINGOL CHAKKOUBA:
It is observed on the second day of the new moon in the Manipuri month of Hiyangei (October). In this festival, married women pay a visit to her parental house along with her children to revive familial ties.

KUT:
The Kut festival is observed on the first of November every year. It is an autumn festival of the different tribes of Kuki-Chin-Mizo (Chikim) groups of Manipur.

CHUMPHA: The Chumpha festival is a great festival of the Tangkhul Nagas where women play an important role. It is celebrated during December for a week.

CHRISTMAS:
It is the greatest festival of all Christians in Manipur. It is observed for two days on December 24th and 25th. Midnight services are held in various churches and in some villages the celebration continues till the 1st of January which is equally celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.

Manipur is distinctly identified to the world by its own art forms and cultural expressions. Its famous classical dance remains a unique dance form in all Manipur dance forms whether folk, classical or modern.

The Raas Leela : the epitome of Manipuri classical dance reveals the sublime and transcendental love of Lord Krishna and Radha and the Gopi's (milkmaids) devotion to the Lord. It is generally performed at night in a Mandop in front of a temple. Important performances are held at the temple of Shree Shree Govindajee on the nights of Basant Purnima, Sarad Purnima and Kartik Purnima with performances at local temples later.

Nupa Pala (Kartal Cholom or Cymbal Dance) : is a ramification of the Manipuri style of dance and music. It is normally performed by male performer using cymbals and wearing white Pheijom (Dhoti) and spherical turbans, who sing and dance to the rhythm of Pung (Mridanga).

Khamba Thoibi Dance
is another important characteristic of Manipuri dance. It is a duet performance of male and female dancers.

The Lai-Haroba Dance:
 is a spring festival dance and is held in April-May. The Tribal folk dances of Manipur however, are an xpression of nature, creativity and aestheticism of the tribal way of life


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