8th Heikru Hidongba ceremony held at Lamlai in Imphal East

As a part of the festival a traditional boat race was conducted and two boats of seven ‘chanura’ (bachelorette) and seven ‘pakhang’ (bachelor) participated in the race.


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The Ema Emoinu Thougal Thousil Kanglup Kangleipak (E-ETHAK) organised 8th Heikru Hidongba ceremony at Sallampat, Lamlai, Imphal East on Friday amid pandemic, however, no celebration was seen in Imphal.

Speaking on the occasion, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) co-opted member Achoibam Deben said time has come to preserve the indigenous culture of Manipur and youths of the state must take initiatives in order to do that.

It is an annual festival of the Meetei community of Manipur and is celebrated with religious boat races. Meetei people consider that Heikru (Amla or Indian gooseberry) cannot be eaten before the festival, he added.

Deben said that to represent a community or state or country, promotion of its indigenous culture is much necessary. To preserve the indigenous culture of Manipur, people should celebrate their indigenous cultural festival.

In the present scenario, it seems that the indigenous cultural festival and tradition has started fading. People should take the opportunity to learn the indigenous culture and tradition from the elders and forefathers, he added.

ETHAK president Ngangom Naobi said that due to the pandemic, the festival has been celebrated just for the namesake since last year. It is necessary to celebrate such indigenous festival in order to promote the traditional culture of Manipur.

As a part of the festival a traditional boat race was conducted and two boats of seven ‘chanura’ (bachelorette) and seven ‘pakhang’ (bachelor) participated in the race.

First Published:Sept. 19, 2021, 10:57 p.m.

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