Imphal: Manipur governor La. Ganeshan and chief minister N. Biren Singh showered greetings and best wishes on the ocassion of Gaan-Ngai that falls on Tuesday.
“I convey my greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur, particularly our Zeliangrong brethren on the joyous and auspicious occasion of Gaan Ngai, 2022. Zeliangrong comnmnity celebrates the “Gaan Ngai” which is the ‘Festival of Winter Season’ for paying obeisance and homage to those departed souls who left this temporal world in the year before,” Ganeshan said.
The festival symbolises bidding adieu to the old year gone by and heralding a New Year, full of hope and aspiration.
He said he was happy to know that one positive development over the years is that the festival along with its religious fervour has become a major cultural event of not only the Zeliangrong community but of other communities as well. Though essentially an occasion of worship and thanksgiving to the Almighty, it is also an occasion of making joy and merriment, he added.
“Let us all join the celebration of Gaan Ngai in a spirit of friendship and brotherhood with traditional gaiety and devotion and ring in the New Year for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur,” the governor said.
Biren in his Gaan-Ngai message said, “I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of Manipur, especially our Zeliangrong brothers and sisters on the occasion of Gaan-Ngai, 2022.”
It is the biggest cultural and religious post harvest festival of the Zeliangrong community, and it marks the end of the year and beginning of the new year. During the festival, the community offer thanksgiving to Tingkao Ragwang (Supreme God) for the good harvest and pray for wellbeing in the coming year, Biren said.
May the festival bring happiness and prosperity and also spread the message of unity, love, peace and brotherhood amongst all the communities in the state, he added.