Imphal, May 8, 2018 (DIPR): Education, Labour & Employment Minister Shri Thokchom Radheshyam said that our custom, tradition and culture define our identity. Preserving and conserving the traditions, which are inherited from their forefathers, is the duty of every individual of the present generation.
The Minister opined that there is a need to preserve the traditional dresses, instruments and other artefacts of every community to make the future generations know about their culture and traditions. He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the second day of ‘Maringa Paaryao Thillai Shangthil cum Lil-Thalung Bun’ at Lhikbung Machi, Manipur.
Maringa Paryao-Thillai – a cultural festival of showing the love of nature by praising the beauty of flowers which is translated as ‘lei hongba’ also includes erection of stone. The festival which has revived after nearly fifty years of gap is one of the biggest cultural festivals of the Maring Tribe.
Th. Radheshyam said that there are three important things in life – law, religion and old age that are needed to be respected. He said that traditions are passed down to today’s generation from elders. Showing regards to the elders is the best way to receive and achieve the custom, tradition and culture. He further stressed that respect towards elders is also the best way of defining one’s identity.
The festival is associated with cleansing & decorating a house, making and erecting a flower vest, identifying a particular flower as Main flower for the festival are some of the main rituals of the festival.
The second day of the festival was attended by MLA, Tengnoupal, Shri D. Korungthang, Ex-Minister Shri W. Morung Makunga, dignitaries, village chiefs and locals.