Statehood Day of Manipur is celebrated every year on 21st January to commemorate the establishment of Manipur as an autonomous state within the Union of India in 1972.
The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy, with a number of cultural and traditional activities taking place.
The day is important for the people of Manipur as it marks a significant milestone in the state’s history and is a reminder of the struggles and sacrifices made by Manipuris in the past.
History of manipur
The history of Manipur dates back to the 4th century BC, when the region was part of the ancient kingdom of Kangleipak. The kingdom was ruled by the Meitei people, who were the predominant ethnic group in the region.
During the 16th century, the kingdom was divided into several smaller states, but in the 17th century the kingdom was reunited under the rule of King Garib Nawaz, who established the Kingdom of Manipur.
During the 19th century, Manipur was invaded and annexed by the British Empire. During the colonial period, Manipur experienced major political and economic changes, as the British imposed their own administrative and legal systems.
In 1947, Manipur became part of India, and the new Indian state of Manipur was created in 1972. Today, Manipur is a state in the northeast region of India, with a population of over 3 million people. The capital city of Manipur is Imphal.
The state is home to a diverse range of ethnic and religious communities, and the economy is largely based on agriculture and forestry.
Things about manipur
- Manipur is a state in India located in the northeast region of the country.
- It is bordered by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, Assam to the west and Myanmar to the east.
- The state capital is Imphal and its official language is Meitei.
- Manipur is known for its many natural attractions, such as Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Dzüko Valley.
- It is also home to a number of tribal communities and cultures, including the Meiteis, Kukis, Nagas, Zo, and Khasis.
- Manipur is known for its traditional dance forms, such as the Manipuri dance and the Pung Cholom.
- The state is also home to numerous wildlife sanctuaries, including the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is home to the endangered sangai deer.
- Manipur is also known for its textiles, such as the phanek, a type of traditional clothing worn by both men and women.
- The cuisine of Manipur is also unique and includes dishes such as eromba, singju and chamthong.
Traditional festivals of manipur
Lai Haraoba: This festival is celebrated in Manipur to worship the God of Creation. It is celebrated in the month of May over a period of five days. The festival is marked by traditional dance performances, music, rituals, and feasting.
Ningol Chakouba: This is a festival which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, brothers and sisters get together to exchange gifts and delicious food.
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Yaoshang Festival: This is a five-day festival celebrated in Manipur during the month of March. It is known as Holi in popular culture. During this festival, people celebrate by playing with colours, eating sweets, and singing and dancing.
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Kang Chingba: This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the Manipuri month of Sajibu. It is celebrated to honour the gods and goddesses of the land. On this day, people offer food and flowers to the gods and goddesses and perform traditional dances.
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Heikru Hidongba Festival: This is a boat-racing festival celebrated in Manipur during the months of August and September. It is celebrated to honour the deity Lord Lainingthou Sanamahi. During this festival, people gather at the banks of a river or a lake and race their boats.
Cheiraoba: This is a festival which marks the New Year in Manipur. It is celebrated in the month of April and is celebrated by making offerings to the gods and goddesses. People also exchange gifts and greet each other on this day.