Manipur celebrates Cheiraoba

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 6, 2019: People of Manipur specially the Meitei/Meetei community today celebrated Cheiraoba, the New Year’s Day festival. The day begins with offerings and prayers to Lord Sanamahi.

People enjoy sumptuous food served with varieties of cuisines. Before having lunch a well prepared set of food is offered to Lamlai.

In the afternoon people climb up on the hills with the belief to attain high principle of life.

People enjoy Thabal Chongba, musical concerts and Shumang Leela among others in the evening of Cheiraoba day.

The day is celebrated on the first of Sajibu according to Lunar Calender.

The new year is celebrated in various parts of India today as Ugadi for the Hindus of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana, Gudi Padwa in Goa and Konkan belt, as Navreh in Kashmir and Cheti Chand by Sindhi Hindus.

Cheiraoba is also celebrated on the first day of the year according to Solar Calendar by another section of Manipur people. It usually falls on April 13 or 14. On this day different states like Bengal and Kerala celebrates the New Year.

Manipur governor Najma Heptulla in her greetings said everybody looks forward to the New Year with joy and hope. It is also an occasion for setting new resolutions.

On this occasion, let us all resolve to make Cheiraoba, 2019 a harbinger of peace and harmony in thc state. Let us all observe the Day in its true spirit so that peace and harmony prevail in the state, she added.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh said the Cheiraoba tradition reminds the people of Manipur that the land comprises of both hills and valleys.

As we celebrate this festival with fervour and gaiety, let us not forget to take care of our aged grandparents, parents and other aged relatives. When there is togetherness, giving and warmth in our homes and with our neighbours, we would be at peace and we would be able to contribute to society better, the chief minister added


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