Mera Haochongba festival was celebrated today in the state at different place, since morning.
“Mera Haochongba” a traditional festival of Manipur which endeavors to build up brotherhood and unity among the indigenous people settling in hill and valley of Manipur was celebrated today at Sana Konung, Imphal with titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba as the main host.
Sana Konung, which used to give a deserted look all the times, was filled with a riot of colours as hundreds of people both from the hills and the valley attired in their respective traditional colourful dresses .
Exchange of gifts such as traditional fabrics, vegetables and fruits among the hill and the valley people including showcase of cultural dances marked the festival.
During the celebration of Mera Houchongba, various tribal communities - Mao, Maram, Maring, Tangkhul, Kabui, Zeme, Liangmei, Tarao, Chiru, Kom, Kharam, Haokip, Gangte and Paite and officials of Sana Konung adorned the dais as guests.
Speaking at the function, Titular King of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba said that Mera Houchongba festival has been celebrating in the state since time immemorial. The festival is observed with the presence of hill and valley people to strengthen the emotional ties and the unity between the two indigenous groups settling in Manipur.
‘Mera Hauchongba festival’ of Manipur was also celebrated at Kangla Uttra organized by Kangla Religious Committee, Kangla Fort Board, Imphal.
Dy. CM Gaikhangam, MLA Dr I Ibohalbi Singh, CS O Nabakishor also attended the function.
While speaking at the occasion, Gaikhangam said that Mera Haochongba festival continues to maintain the unity among the hill and valley since the time immemorial and it is our duty to follow the path and keep unity among us. We need to understand the history of the state very carefully. If we know and learn the history, automatically the unity will come into reality, he said.
Mera Haochongba festival was also celebrated at Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple, Haying Khongbal, Tolong Yumpham, Imphal organized by the Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board.
During the function, men and women in their colorful attire performed traditional dance, thang-ta (martial arts), mukna, pou chingnaba (both indigenous game) were shown mesmerizing the guests and the audiences.
ACOAM-Lup, Kangleipak in association with MMRC Khangabok jointly organizes Mera-Haochongba Festival at MMRC Unity Park Kangabok in Thoubal District.
To mark the occasion, the traditional Mera Wa (Bamboo) was erected to signify the bondage of brotherhood between Hills and plain people at the Traditional Manipuri Home at MMRC Park.
The month is being observe under the theme following the path of our ancestors. Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai, Parliamentary Secretary for IPR & MI, K. Meghachandra and Social Worker of Khangabok O. Surjakanta attended as Chief Guest, President and Guest of honours respectively.
Speaking on the occasion Secretary General of ACOAM-Lup, Telheiba Mangang said that celebrating the day is the need of the hour to strengthen the bondage of brotherhood among the Hill and Plain people.
“Celebrating the Mera Haochongba we once more reminded that the Hill and Plain people had been living peacefully since time immemorial”, Telheiba said.