Imphal: Manipur people specially the Meitei/Meetei community on Tuesday celebrated Emoinu Eratpa (Worship of Emoinu) festival with offering to the Goddess of wealth and prosperity who is believed to reside at the kitchen.
The festival was celebrated at the community level at different parts of the Manipur valley besides worshipping the deity at homes.
Silver fish, rice, fruits, vegetables among others are offered at the deity residing at Phunga Lairu (a fireplace at the kitchen). Later a meal is offered to offered to Her.
People seek blessings for a happy family as well for a prosperous society.
On the occasion governor La. Ganesan and chief minister N. Biren Singh greeted people of Manipur for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur.
In connection with the festival, state fishery department organised first Emoinu Fish Festival at Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal East.
Altogether 90 stalls, provided by the department at free of cost, were opened with the participation of Agriculture and allied departments of the government of Manipur and other private firms. The rate of various fishes sold at the festival were fixed by the department. Fishery department also bear the transportation charges of the fish brought for sale by the fish farmers. The festival was opened for the public from 9 am till 5 pm.
Fisheries minister Heikham Dingo Singh inaugurated the festival, organised by department of Fishery especially in connection with Emoinu Iratpa celebration.
Imoinu Iratpa is celebrated on the 12th day of Wakching month of Manipuri Lunar Calendar, with traditional gaiety and religious fervour.
Not only fish but also seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits were displayed and sold for religious offerings to Goddess Emoinu. In a way, the festival is a one stop centre for the public to easily buy all the items required for Emoinu Iratpa celebration, the minister said.
A major improvement has been seen in fishery department. In the recently concluded Annual Fish Fair cum Fish Crop Competition, 2022 organized in connection with Ningol Chakouba festival, above Rs 3.5 crore of fishes were sold in a single day which was a big achievement for the department, he said. For the Emoinu Fish Festival the target production of fish is 50,000 kg of which Meitei Sareng production is targeted for 2,000 kg, he added.
He appealed to the public to refrain from malpractices while catching fish and not to catch fish during breeding season. He also appealed the public to co-operate with the fishery department and fish farmers so as to increase the fish yield in the state.