The Most Wonderful Season of the Year.

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Hello Lovelies

How are you all doing? It’s been a while since I haven’t written anything on my blog. thanksgivingDid you miss me?  I never imagined that blogging would bring me so much love and happiness. It has opened a new chapter in my life where I can share my stories with some amazing readers and learning new thing from them too.

bdc21e5b2124c74ce7d92eaf825ab5c5Winter has arrived finally in the Tropic of Cancer and Hey, it’s Thanksgiving Day! Hurray… web_party_confettiI wish to all my American friends out there a very Happy Thanksgiving Day and also sending blessings to you and Your Family.

I am thankful to all of my wonderful readers for showing love and support to my work.

Your love and affection gives me the strength to continue my work and make me believe that I must have done something right to deserve all your love.

In India we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day but there is a bunch of festivals that are celebrated in different parts of India at this time of the year. I belong from the North-Eastern part of India, precisely speaking ~ from the State Manipur of India. If you ever visit it in this time October-November, there is a very good chance for you to attend some of the most colorful festivals of Manipur. One of them is the ‘Sangai Festival‘.

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This festival is organized every year, around 21st – 30th of November by the Manipur Tourism Department; to celebrate, promote and showcase the culture and tradition of Manipur to the world. That includes traditional dances, art, hand-loom, indigenous sports, traditional cuisines, music as well as the scenic natural beauty of Manipur. To know more about it Click to this link    Sangai Festival 

This is me attending last Year’s Sangai Festival . I thoroughly enjoyed it with my sister

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Here are some pictures of the scenic beauty of Manipur.

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There are also many other auspicious festivals that are celebrated in the autumn-winter season in Manipur. One of them is Ningol Chakaoba and the other is Lai – Haraoba These are some of the most festive events which is similar to Thanksgiving Day in some ways since it includes massive feasts and gathering of the family members to celebrate family bonding as well as harvest on the onset of winter.

In Manipuri, ‘Ningol‘ means daughter and ‘Chakouba‘ means invitation for a lunch in the mother’s house. ‘Ningol Chakouba‘ is a special day for the married daughters in Manipur, and ningol’s kids are the happiest one at the idea of wearing new cloths and meeting bobok(grand-ma), pupu (grand-pa), mamma(uncle) and others. On this special day, a grand feast of ‘iinjang mathen-mathen‘ (various cuisines) is prepared in the honor of the daughter at her ‘mapam‘ (mother’s house). The invitation is formally done generally a week ahead by the brothers to pay a visit for the lunch. The feast consists of the traditional manipuri cuisines – Eromba ( Vegetables boiled or steamed with a lot of red chillies or umorok (king chilli) with ngari (fermented fish), smoked or roasted fish and mashed together), ‘Rohu fish curry‘, ‘Singju‘ ( a salad which may be prepared with finely chopped banana stem, laphu tharo (banana flower), cabbage, lotus stem, komprek (a kind of scented herb), kollamni (another herb), tree beans, coriander leaves, sinju pan, ginger, heibi mana and lots of seasonal vegetables mixed with ngari) and the list goes on and on. And for dessert we have Chahao Kheera popular sweet pudding of manipur made out of sweetened milk and Chahao (Black-rice). Have a look into these cuisine:

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Laphu-Eromba (Banana Stem Eromba)

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Thambou-Singju (Lotus Stem Singju)

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Rohu Fish Curry

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Chakhao/Chahao – Kheer  (Black Rice Pudding)

You may go to this facebook page to know more about the delightful dishes of Manipur Mathel – the culinary delights of Manipur  Or you can even join the facebook group Chakhum to know more.

The next festival that is celebrated during the harvesting season of the year in manipur is Lai-Haraoba. Lai Haraoba is a Manipuri festival, and is associated with Meiteis, celebrated to please traditional deities.Celebrated in honour of the sylvan deities known as Umang Lai,the festival represents the worship of traditional deities and ancestors. The festival is in part a recollection of the creation stories played the deities with the first origin of this universe and evolution of the plants and animals through the will of Atiya Shidaba. Translated, Lai Haraoba means “merry making of the Gods. First, the lai bung or haraobung (festival ground) is properly arranged. The king, the knights, the warrior chiefs, the ladies, the village elders and the youths and the girls are given their respective seats properly. The audience thus sit around the festival ground on the three sides of the laibung opposite the yathokshang (temporary temple of the deity for the festival). The festival continues from one day to even thirty days. But, in most cases ten to fifteen days are commonly held.The time of celebration varies from villages to villages in different parts of Manipur. In my place it is celebrated in the harvesting season of the year. The jagoi ( dances) are performed by maiba and maibis (priest and priestesses) in a way to please the deity.

This is the laibung from my village.

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The Maibis and elders dancing together for the deity..

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and the kids are just having fun

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So this is all about the festivals in my place. I would love to hear from you too ~ about your place or the festivals that you celebrate. Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish you a good year and a healthy, safe life ahead.  Take Care.

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