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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on July 9, 2022 Share on

Top 7 festivals of Manipur that you must not miss

Located amidst the mountains is the state of Manipur, one of the Seven Sister States of India. The state is distinctive from the other states in many ways and is famous for its costumes, arts, dance and music. Rich in its natural beauty, the state has got amazing lakes, beautiful waterfalls and lush green forests. The weather here is very pleasant making it a soothing place for travellers to refresh. Like all other states, Manipur is filled with vibrant festivals that often bring people together to celebrate every single festival equally. Here are the top 7 festivals of Manipur that are widely celebrated.

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Top 7 Festivals of Manipur

1. Manipur Sangai Festival

The Manipur Sangai Festival is one of the vibrant festivals celebrated in Manipur. This festival was started to celebrate in the month of November during the year 2010 and has been happening every year since then. This festival celebrates the art and culture of the state. 

Key attractions

Kabui Naga Dance, Bamboo Dance and various sports like Thang-Ta, Mukna Kangjei & special fish curries. 

2. Ningol Chakouba

In the month of November on the 2nd day of New moon in Hiyangei (Manipuri month), married women are celebrated by calling them back to their parent’s place along with their children for a feast. This festival celebrates the bond between the daughters and their family. The daughters (married women) are treated with immense love and affection and get pampered by the entire family. 

Key attractions

Home-cooked food and special delicacies like Pan Thongba, Iromba & Champhut 

3. Chumpa Festival

Celebrated a week-long by the tribes of Tanghul Naga, Chumpa festival is one of the most popular festivals to be celebrated in the state of Manipur. This festival is celebrated to show the joy inside people at the time of harvesting the crop.

Key attractions

Music, dance and rituals done by the women from the tribe. 

4. Gang Ngai

Gang Ngai is a festival celebrated by the tribes of Kabui Nagas. This festival is celebrated to cherish the customs and traditions of the tribe and to honour the tribe’s ancestors. The festival is celebrated for five consecutive days by singing, dancing, grand feast and other programmes or games among the tribal people. 

Key attractions

Dance, music and the colourful attire worn by the tribe.

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5. Lui Ngai Ni

Lui Ngai Ni is a festival celebrated at the time of sowing seeds by the tribes of Manipur. It is a way of praying to the gods to be in favour of farming. Celebrated with fun and enthusiasm, the festival is celebrated by the Naga tribes in three different languages all meaning the same. 

Key attractions

Folklore dances by the local

6. Kut Festival

Celebrated by the Kuki Chin Mizo tribe of Manipur in the month of November, Kut Festival celebrates the ties between humans, peace and harming among the community. Initially celebrated as a tradition later evolved into a huge festival. The tribal people offer various objects to thank the god by singing, dancing and having a friendly competition among them.

Key attractions

Beauty pageant contest organised by the tribes during the festival

7. Heirku Hindongba

Celebrated in the month of September (on the 11th day of Langbal month) is the Heirku Hindongba. The main event of this festival is the boat race which is held on the Bijoy Govinda Canal in Manipur. This festival brings joy and zeal among everyone and especially the youth who participate in the boat race with enthusiastic team spirits.

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