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
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
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
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
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
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