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Traditional Mera Houchongba festival celebrated in Manipur

Oct 07, 2017 08:53

Showcasing oneness and brotherhood among the people of different ethnic communities, Mera Houchongba was celebrated with pomp and gaiety at Kangla Uttra.

This year was unique as the celebration was held at the State Level in a grand ceremony by a joint committee known as the State Level Mera Houchongba Committee formed under the supervision of Chief Minister N Biren Singh.

Mera Houchongba has been celebrated for a long time to project solidarity among different ethnic groups in the Manipur and to give more strength to the process of “consolidation of the idea of Manipuri nationalism.”

Inhabitants of the hill regions of the state display feats of strength before the king.They also indulge in war dances and sham fights. The day concludes with a feast that includes a vegetarian and non-vegetarian spread.

The festival has been observed since the first century C.E. Before 1891, it was observed in Lampak, which is located to the West of Kanglasa and south west of Nungoibi.

The festival is observed and celebrated in the month of Mera, which falls in September or October.

CM Biren Singh shared photos of the event and called for love and brotherhood between the people of the hills and the valley.


Oct 07, 2017 08:53

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