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Manipur is a state in northeastern India making its capital in the city of Imphal. Manipur is bounded by the Indian states of Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west; it also borders the country of Myanmar to the east.(Wikipedia)

Festivals of Madhya Pradesh

Kut Festival in Manipur

KUT FESTIVAL

Time: November

Duration: One Day

Location: Manipur

Description:

Kut festival is observed on the 1st of November every year. It is an autumn festival of the different tribes of Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur. The festival has been variously described at different places amongst different tribes as Chavang-Kut or Khodou etc. It is a happy occasion for the villagers whose food stock is bountiful after a year of hard labour. The festival is a thanks giving feasts with songs and dances in merriment and joviality for all, in honor of the giver of an abundant harvest.

Boat race festival in Manipur

HEIKRU HITONGBA

Time: September

Duration: One Day

Location: Bijoy Govinda area, Manipur

Description:

Heikru Hitongba is an aquatic festival celebrated on a canal in the Bijoy Govinda area, Manipur. It is held on the eleventh day of Langban (September), every year. On this occasion, a large number of rowers sit in long narrow boats and race along a two kilometers wide moat. The race starts as soon as the idol of Lord Vishnu is installed.

It is a festival of joy, with a little religious significance. Offering of gold and silver are offered to Lord Govindajee by the leaders of the crew parties on this day. The neck-and-neck racing of the boat is a spectacular and a rare sight for the tourist.

Yaosang Festival in Manipur

YAOSANG FESTIVAL

Time: February-March

Duration: Six Days

Location: Manipur

Description:

Yaosang, is a Holi festival, celebrated on the full moon of Lamda (Feb/March). It lasts for six days. Everyone in the valley come together to celebrate this festival. The bamboo huts, known as 'Yaosangs', are constructed on the roadside. An  idol of Chaitanya is placed in the hut by a Brahmin and prayers are offered to idol. Kirtans and recitations from the holy books can be heard all over the place. The idol is removed from the hut and the hut is set on fire. The shouts of 'Hari-Bola' and 'He Hari' are exchanged while the hut is burning. The burnt embers are considered to be very auspicious. Therefore, the ash is collected and is used to mark the foreheads of the worshippers and the entrance of the houses. The same procedure of offering prayer is performed in the Mandapas of some temples. The entire valley reflects a festive look during the days of Holi. The real festive show of Holi is celebrated in Govindajee temple. In the Mandapa portion of the temple there are two wells which are kept covered with wooden planks on other days. During the days of Holi these wells are filled with water and the color powder is mixed. People use this mixture in coloring each other and playing holi. Music and songs sung in praise of Lord Krishna are also a part of this festival.