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Mera Houchongba 2022: How hills and valley exchange gifts

Tuisenphai Village in Kangpokpi district celebrated Mera Houchongba festival preserving the time immemorial practice of exchanging gifts such as traditional lengyan, seasonal vegetables and fruits between the people of valley and hills

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 9 Oct 2022, 3:56 pm

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

Mera Houchongba festival was celebrated on Sunday at Tuisenphai Village in Kangpokpi district, preserving the time immemorial practice of exchanging gifts such as traditional lengyan, seasonal vegetables and fruits between the people of valley and hills, signifying brotherhood and unity among different communities.

It was jointly organised by the IMOM, MAPI Council, UPF, NIPCO, IMSCO, HRGM and Village Authority of Tuisenphai.

The chief guest of the celebration MLA Kh Ibomcha hoisting the traditional Mera lantern at the village premises marked the opening ceremony of the observance which was followed by showcasing of various cultural and folk dances.

Delivering his speech, Ibomcha cautioned that certain vested interest groups and individuals have come up to disintegrate the unity of Manipur. In this regard, he called on the people of Manipur to stay alert from those groups and individuals.

He asserted that Mera Houchongba is indeed an emotional festival for all the ethnic groups of Manipur. “The underlying meaning of the festival gives us enough reason to unite among all the people of Manipur and help one another in any eventualities.”

He pointed out that the state is overburdened with issues, and appealed to the people to stop blaming each other. “Instead, let us all unite and end those issues to head towards a prosperous and a progressive society,” he added.

The women of both the hills and valley were witnessed in their colourful traditional attire with positive vibes. A traditional luncheon was held in grand manner at the end of the celebration.

The function was also attended by various village leaders from different communities such as Mao, Maram, Tangkhul, Kabui, Zeme, Liangmei, Tarao, Chiru, Kom, Paite and others and various valley based CSOs leaders including media fraternity.    

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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