Government of Manipur is organising a Five Day Shirui Lily Festival 2017 from May 16 till 20 at Shirui Village, the home of Shirui Lily (Lilium mackliniae).
Shirui Lily was discovered by Britisher Frank Kingdon Ward in 1948, grows only in the Shirui Peak and blooms in the month of May and June. Shirui Lily was declared as State Flower in 1989.
In a meeting on the Shirui Lily Festival 2017 held yesterday at the chief minister’s secretariat chief minister Nongthombam Biren said, “We have three things in Manipur which is unique in the World – Sangai, Shirui and Manipuri Polo. The state Government has already organized festivals in the name of Sangai and Manipuri Polo, but a festival for Shirui is yet to be organized. And I felt that we must organize a grand festival in the name of the Shirui.”
The Organizing Committee decided that the Opening Ceremony will be held at IFAD Ground, Shirui Village and the Closing Ceremony at Tangkhul Naga Long ground, Ukhrul. Various Sub-Committee, Programme Sub-Committee, Cultural Sub-Committee, Exhibition Sub-Committee, Media Sub-Committee and Transport Sub-Committee were also constituted for a grand success of the festival.