Imphal: Manipur governor La Ganesan and chief minister N. Biren Singh greeted the people of Manipur on the ocassion of Mera Chaoren Houba that falls on Thursday.
The traditional festival of Mera Chaoren Houba, a festival for preserving and promoting unity and integrity amongst all the communities settled in Manipur is celebrated on the advent of Mera-tha (month of September-October). This festival through the ages has withstood the test of time and has become a rallying point for the state’s unity and integrity, the governor said.
“I would like to appeal to all to celebrate this festival in its true spirit, upholding the tradition of peaceful co-existence in Manipur’s pluralistic society. I hope that this festival will strengthen the bond of unity, integrity and understanding among the different communities so that peace and prosperity may prevail in the state,” he added.
Biren in his greetings said Mera Chaoren Houba is celebrated by the Meitei community on the first day of Mera Tha, the seventh month in Manipuri Lunar calendar. It is an ancient religious festival, dedicated to Lainingthou Sanamahi and Leimarel Sidabi. This festival brings back the age-old tradition of love, brotherhood and solidarity between the hill and the valley in Manipur.
“I am hopeful that the festival will strengthen the bond of unity, integrity and fraternity among all communities of the state,” Biren said.