Fairs & Festival
famous classical dance form. Ras Leela, is based on the legendary
love of Radha-Krishna and the devotion of the Gopis to Lord Krishna.
Performances (in a mandap close to a temple) can sometimes last
all night. Shri Govindaji Temple is an important venue for these
performances, particularly on the night of Basanta Pumima and Kartika
Purnima. This performance here spearheads other performances in
the city's various venues.
The spring festival of Lai Haraoba (April / Mayl is a harmonious
blend of stylised and ritualistic dances for peace and prosperity
performed in honour of the local sylvan dieties in the Manipur Valley.
The one at Moirang attracts huge crowds.
Manipur's biggest festival Yaosang is celebrated for five days commencing
from the full-moon day of the lunar month of Phalgun (Feb-March).
The festivities ring with the music of Thabal Chongba, a folk dance
linked with the festival.
The high point of the annual celebrations of Heikru Hidongba or
Hitongba, the colourful boat races, are held at Imphal in September.
In the month of April, the Cheiraoba celebrations are a joyous occasion
for all. Houses are given a facelift with decorations and the deities
bless the food eaten. Cheiraoba marks the New Year for the Meiteis.
An unusual tradition is the climb of the villagers up to nearby
hilltops in the belief that it enables them to rise to heights in
their worldly life.
Ningol Chak Kouba
The annual Meitel festival of Ningol Chak Kouba, organised in October/November,
features lavish feasts being arranged by the parents and brothers
to honour their married daughters and sisters.
by the Kabui Nagas, Gan-Ngai is a colourful blending of rituals,
feasts and dances. The five-day festival is celebrated in December-January.
The Ratha Yatra or Car Festival is held in June / July in the Imphal
The centuries old Kwak Yatra (corresponding to Durga Pu)a) is observed
around October in the Valley.
The Chumpha festival of the Tangkhul Nagas is held in early December.
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