Manipur Holidays in 2020
Manipur holidays in 2020 prepared exclusively by AstroSage incorporates some major festivals and events of this state, quite crucial for its people. One of the most prominent north eastern states of India, Manipur has an abundance of natural beauty and picturesque locations. Once you visit Manipur, it stays in your heart forever, because of the rich representation of various cultures and communities. The major tribes which constitute most of the population are Nagas and Kukis. Further, they are subdivided to other sub tribes like Anāl, Liangmai, Mao, Maram, Poumai, Maring, Tangkhul, Rongmei, Zeme and many more. Needless to say, the amalgamation of these vibrant tribes is quite spectation. Also, the mouth watering delicacies, the soulful music and dances and aesthetic handicrafts, you can find it all here in Manipur.
The best time to visit Manipur would be during the festive seasons so that you can make the most of your stay. Hence, for your convenience we have come up with the list of Manipur holidays in 2020, which encompasses all of the important festivals and events, which are yet to take place in Manipur during the year 2020. In the next section of this write up, some important trivia about the Manipur holidays in 2020 which will be mentioned in the list below.
Manipur Holidays in 2020
|January 15, 2020||Wednesday||Uttarayan Sankranti|
|January 23, 2020||Thursday||Netaji’s Birth Anniversary|
|February 14, 2020||Friday||Lui-Ngai-Ni|
|February 25, 2020||Tuesday||Player’s Day|
|March 10, 2020||Tuesday||Yaosang second day|
|April 14, 2020||Tuesday||Cheiraoba/ Sajibu Nongma Panba|
|August 13, 2020||Thursday||Patriots Day|
|November 1, 2020||Sunday||Kut|
|November 17, 2020||Tuesday||Ningol Chakkouba|
*DTBD = Dates to be Declared
Note: The dates in this table are tentative and subject to change, as per the government norms.
Let us now have a detailed look at the festivals and events mentioned above in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020.
The first festival to be mentioned in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020 is Uttarayan Sankranti, which is popularly known as Makar Sankranti in some places of India. Since the state of Manipur hosts the amalgamation of various religions, namely HInduism and Muslim, this festival is also celebrated with much vigour. This time period is considered to be quite auspicious and of someone dies during this stretch, then he/she will surely achieve salvation.
Netaji’s Birth Anniversary
One of the most important personalities of our nation, Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary is observed in Manipur. Hence, it has found a mention in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020. Even today, he is fondly remembered by the natives for his fervent nationalism and the formation of the Indian National Army. He made unending attempts to free our country from the claws of Britishers.
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As it has been already informed, the state of Manipur is being resided by the Naga and Kuki tribes predominantly. The festival included in the catalogue of Manipur holidays in 2020 is a major celebration for the Nagas. It is an agricultural festival where seeds are sown for the new season of harvest. In the state of Manipur, this festivity marks the arrival of spring. The Gods of crops are appeased and offered prayers by the natives in a special manner and blessings are sought from them to protect the crops as well as themselves. Vivid types of cultural festivities also remain a part of Lui-Ngai-Ni celebrations.
Players Day happens to be another festival which is included in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020. Also known as Shanaroisingee Numit, the players day is specifically observed by the Manipur state government in memoriam of the day when Manipur took the prize home after winning the Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy and playing from their home ground. It is significant episode, which has been written with golden ink in the pages of Manipur’s history.
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Yaosang second day
The second day of Yaosang, mentioned in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020 is an important day for the natives belonging to the Meitei tribe. This festival has parallels with North Indian festival, Holi as people play with colours during the same. The whole celebrations go on for a period of five days , and the second day is given more prominence as the local bands of the town give performances of ‘Sankirtan’ in the Govindajee Temple, which is located in the Imphal-East district of Manipur. Meanwhile, the girls also visit their and ask for money from them. Undoubtedly, this day is one of the important ones in the lot of Manipur holidays in 2020.
Sajibu Nongmapanba is also mentioned as Meitei Cheiraoba or Sajibu Cheiraoba in the lost of Manipur holidays in 2020. As per the Meitei lunar calendar, this festival marks the beginning of the Sajibu month and a brand new lunar year. A day before the festivities take place, married natives should offer a gift in the form of a piece of cloth to their respective brothers and fathers accompanied by a cleaning spree, in which each and every family member takes part. Natives also follow the tradition of wearing new clothes on this day.
Another significant day to be mentioned in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020 is Patriots Day, which is observed in remembrance of those brave soldiers who had given up their lives in the Anglo-Manipuri war. On the same day, freedom fighters like Paona Brajabashi, Kajao Singh, Subedar Niranjan Jamadar, Kajao Singh and Charai Thangal are also paid tributes. Hence, on this day those great souls are honoured who chose freedom over bondage and colonialism.
The Kut festival, incorporated in the catalogue of Manipur holidays in 2020 is celebrated by Kuki, Chin and Mizo tribes , which officially marks the conclusion of the harvesting season. However, the natives belonging to all the communities of Manipur gather together to celebrate this vibrant fiesta. In return for a good harvest season, the local deities are also thanked. Hnce, the festival is known to be Chavang Kut; where Chavang means ‘autumn’ and Kut stands for ‘harvest’. In the previous times, this festival used to last for several days and many rituals were a part of it. After the completion of the main rituals, the village priest distributed ju(rice beer) amongst the locals. Many dance and singing competitions also made it to the festival along with other sports competitions.
Very significant for the Manipuri society, Ningol Chakkouba is very crucial for the traditional Manipuri society. Hence, it occupies a central position in the list of Manipur holidays 2020. It is believed the observation of this festival strengthens the bond of brothers and sisters and brings love and affection between families. Gifts are exchanged and a grand feast is organized in which the natives take part heartily. During this state holiday of Manipur, people get involved in merry making and thanksgiving which adds a vibrant feature to its atmosphere.
This festival,which is a part of the Manipur holidays in 2020 is celebrated by the indiegenous people of Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. The natives of Zeliangrong celebrate this festival which embarks the conclusion of an old year and the beginning of a new year. Music, dance, food, you can find it all here in this festival. For a period of five days, the celebrations go on people make merry.
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Lai Haraoba Festival
The last but not the least to be mentioned in the list of Manipur holidays in 2020 is Lai Haraoba festival, which is primarily celebrated by the Meitei population of the state. A celebration dedicated to the Gods, natives in this ceremony honour various local divinities and seek blessings from them.
We hope that this write up on Manipur holidays in 2020 proves to be insightful for you. May you have a joyous and wondrous year ahead!!