Puya Meithaba observation starts as Black Day

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Imphal: Time has come to revive the ancient Puya books (archaic Meitei/Meetei language manuscript) instead of being regretting and mourning on burning of Puyas, secretary of Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM), Ch. Biren said

Biren was speaking during inauguration of 3-day ‘Black Day’ observation held in connection with the remembrance of ‘Puya Mei Thaba’ (Burning of Puyas) at Eternal Spring English School at Sekta, Imphal East on Friday.

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The programme was orgnised by International Observation Committee on Puya Meithaba (ICOP). The committee organised the observation on 23rd of Wakching (Manipuri lunar calender month) every year.

The black day observation started with half-mast 7 Salai flag (Manipuri indigenous flag of different 7 colours representing 7 clans of ancient Meitei people).

Biren said with the revival of Puyas the identity of the ancient society could be protected.

Principal of Eternal Spring English School, L. Raghumani said with the revival of Puyas the information found in the book need to be included in the school syllabus so that students could be made aware of the ancient history and traditions of Manipur.

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During the function, students of the school wear black badge supporting the observation and they also distribute black badge to over 30 schools.

The observation began under the leadership of Chingsubam Oja Akaba of Meitei National Front in 1978 till 2010 and since then the day has been observing by ICOP.

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