Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey on Monday conveyed heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur, particularly Kabui brethren on the joyous and auspicious occasion of Gaan Ngai, 2024.
In her message, the Governor said Kabui community celebrates the ‘Gaan Ngai’, which is the ‘Festival of Winter Season’ for paying obeisance and homage to those departed souls who left this temporal world in the year before.
She asserted that the festival also symbolises bidding adieu to the old year gone by and heralding a New Year, full of hope and aspiration. She expressed happiness that the festival along with its religious fervour has become a major cultural event of not only the Kabui community but of other communities as well.
Though essentially an occasion of worship and thanksgiving to the Almighty, it is also an occasion of making joy and merriment, she added. The Governor urged all to join the celebration of Gaan Ngai in a spirit of friendship and brotherhood with traditional gaiety and devotion and ring in the New Year for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh also wished the people of the state, especially Zelianrong brothers and sisters, on the auspicious occasion of Gaan-Ngai, 2024.
The chief minister, in his greetings said, ‘As the state passes through a tough phase, the thanksgiving spirit of the festival has a special relevance today. This relevance is that of the enduring human resilience in the face of challenges for the preservation and survival of a community’.
He wished that the biggest cultural and religious post-harvest festival of Zeliangrong community spread the message of unity, love and brotherhood amongst all the communities in the State.