Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 2nd 2018: Holi begins its celebration as Yaoshang in Manipur by the Vaishnavites with devotion and gaiety amid wishes by the state leaders.
The day begins to mark the birth of Chaitanya Mahaparbhu who preached the Mahamantra “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”. He was born nearly 629 years ago on Holi ( Phalgun Purnima ), 1486 A.D. to Pandit Jagannath Misra and Sachi Devi at Nabadwip, West Bengal, India. It also cites the Raas Leela performed by Krshna-Radha and Gopis filled with Bhakti and love.
To begin the Holi on this full moon day devotees placed the idol of Chaitanya in the hut constructed by the celebrators in the localities.
People of all ages specially the children gather around the hut and offered fruits and flowers to perform the rituals on the birth of Chaitanya. After the rituals the hut is burnt to ashes and begins the festival with children moving from house to house to beg for money. The children bless the families for prosperity in return of the festival pocket money donated. The next day colour play begins specially among the youth and children. Holi is celebrated for five days in the state.
The sports loving citizens in the state has also begun Yaoshang sports festival with the objective to promote sports culture and at the same time to lessen the ill conducts during the celebration by the children and the youth. The sport festival is organised at every nook and corner of the Manipur valley. The festival has become a sports oriented festival.
The evening is the hour for the youth to enjoy Thabal Chongba, a dance performed in circular from by girls and boys holding their hands.
The elderly people enjoy reciting holy names and meeting their friends at spot gatherings.
Governor Najma Heptulla and chief minister N. Biren Singh among others have conveyed heartfelt greetings and wishes to the people of Manipur on the auspicious occasion of Yaoshang.
Najma urged the people for a Manipur abide by unity. She prayed that the festival would rejuvenate and strengthen the age old bond of love, harmony and understanding in the society. It is heartening to see games and sports becoming increasingly popular as an integral item during the festival in the state, she added.
Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh said Yaoshang is a unique festival that brings people closer in a spirit of brotherhood and brings social harmony amongst the different communities of the state. He prayed for the festival to bring peace and prosperity.
Children enjoy the festival as the fullest. “I love this festival. I get new dresses and sports are fun to enjoy during Yaoshang. I am grown up, this time I will not go for Nakatheng this time” said a class III student Ng. Nipilen.