Gaan Ngai festival begins with pomp and grandeur

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Imphal: MAHUD minister, Yumnam Khemchand inaugurated state level Gaan Ngai festival, 2023 of Kabui community by lighting candle from sacred fire ignited with the ancient system of Mai-Labmei (traditional fire litting) at Keikhu Kabui village, Imphal East on Wednesday.

The festival was organized by Kabui Union Manipur under the theme “Gaan-ngai is cultural legacy of Kabui”. The festival will continue for another 4 days.

During the customary observation of pig’s spleen, a village elder predicted that the new year will bring peace and harmony for the people. He said the spleen showed good sign not only for the Kabui community but for all the communities of Manipur.

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Village elders of the Keikhu village also conducted oblation of sacred customary wine.

Speaking on the occasion, Khemchand said an individual or a community is taken as civilized when they honor and give respect to their own parents. He said ignoring own parents will not bring welfare and development in one’s life.

He expressed his happiness for giving him the opportunity to light the inaugural lamp from the sacred fire extracted through ancient method.

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President of Kabui Union Manipur, Heera Kabui told reporters that, during the Gaan-Ngai festival there are some rituals like paying tribute to the passed away villagers and offerings to the ancestors and the Almighty. The Kabui community has been involving in the society since ‘Cheitharol Kumbaba’ he said and appealed the state leaders to protect the culture and tradition of Kabui.

MLAs of different Assembly constituencies, Karam Shyam, RK Imo, Noorul Hassan, L. Rameshwor Meeitei, president Federation of Haomee, Sapamcha Jadumani, president, United Committee Manipur, Joychandra Konthoujam, president Meitei Leepun, Manipur, M. Pramot and others attended the function as dignitaries.

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As a part of the programme, cultural dance were also demonstrated by the Kabui youths.

The festival is celebrated at various areas of the state with happiness and greetings for peace.

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