Imphal: “As we celebrate the festival with pomp and gaiety, we must also not forget to observe Covid Appropriate Behaviour to protect ourselves from the pandemic,” Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said as he greets on Kang (Ratha Yatra) festival.
“I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur, especially our Hindu brothers and sisters on the occasion of Kang (Rath Yatra) festival,” Biren said.
Celebration of Kang festival in the state begins on the second day of Engen month of Manipuri lunar calendar and ends on the tenth day. The main events of the festival include the pulling of Kang, the traditional chariot and offering of flowers and fruits to Lord Jagannath. People from all walks of life, irrespective of caste, colour and gender turn up to participate in the procession of Kang Chingba with the belief that holding the ropes and pulling the chariot carrying the deities will wash away all sorrows of life, he added.
“I join the people of Manipur in the celebration of Kang and pray to Lord lagannath to shower the state with blessings of joy and prosperity,” he said.