Happy Ningol Chakouba – Festival of Family Reunion and Celebration
Happy Ningol Chakouba – Festival of Family Reunion and Celebration: This festival is celebrated in Manipur. Even though this festival is observed for only one day it bears a significant impact on the Manipur society. This system was introduced in 33 B.C. following the Manipuri history.
HISTORY OF NINGOL CHAKOUBA FESTIVAL
During the early days when Manipur was ruled by King Nongda Lairen Pakhangba, his wife Queen Laisana used to invite her brother Poireiton to the King’s palace and so, the festival was earlier known as Piba Chakouba where Piba meant brother. But during the time of King Chandrakirti, he invited his sisters for a feast as it was difficult for him to visit both their places on the same day. And because of this, the tradition changed to Ningol Chakouba. Since then, the festival is named as Ningoi Chakouba and is considered an important social and religious festival.
TIME FOR CELEBRATING FESTIVAL
Ningol Chakouba is celebrated in the month of Hiyangei that is on the second day of the New moon. This is mostly in the month of October or November.
This festival bears a good meaning of love between brothers and sisters and signifies the love between families. It is celebrated with much enthusiasm by different social organizations in different places. There is the grand feast combined with the exchange of presents among the hill tribes and the people of the valley. Merrymaking and thanksgiving are part of the celebrations.
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