Sangai Festival 2022: Manipur To Observe Half-Day Holiday On November 29-30 

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The Manipur Chief Minister – N. Biren Singh announced that the northeastern state will observe a half-day holiday on November 29 and 30, in connection with the ongoing cultural extravaganza ‘Sangai Festival 2022’.

He also appealed the citizens to take the opportunity and attend the ‘Festival of Oneness’, during these last two days.

Taking to Twitter, the Manipur CM noted “Pleased to declare that the state will observe a half-day holiday on November 29th and 30th November in connection with the Manipur Sangai Festival 2022. I urge the people of the state to take the opportunity and attend the Festival of Oneness, during these last two days.”

The Manipur Government is taking all possible measures to promote the cultural extravaganza – Sangai Festival 2022, in the global arena, thereby promoting the glorious cultural legacy.

Organized by the Department of Tourism, the biggest 10-day cultural extravaganza commenced from November 21, which will culminate on November 30. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh – Shivraj Chouhan also graced the event.

Besides, the state government has also hosted a curtain raiser event at Kangla in Imphal and Mao Gate on November 15, signifying the cultural diversity of Manipur, and made elaborate arrangements to host the event halted for nearly two years due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

The curtain raiser event recently held on October 23 in Kolkata solely focused on displaying the significance of the rich cultural heritage of Manipur and creating a shared value.

It also hosted the ‘Sangai Run 2022’ from Kangla Fort to Khuman Lampak, which heralds the arrival of the Sangai Festival, exhibiting the cultural diversity & heritage of Manipur to the world.

The ‘Festival of Oneness’ aims to showcase the state’s potential in Art & Culture, Handloom, Handicraft, Indigenous Sports, Cuisine, Music, Adventure sports, homestay, songs and dances, heritage walks, cherry blossom, etc., and is an attempt to promote Manipur as the next tourism destination.

Visitors can witness 34 Traditional indigenous huts, fashion shows, Sangai Run, Tourism Pavilion, Longman, Flower Show, Indigenous Cultural Programmes, Night Tourism, Handloom and Handicrafts, Tug-of-War, Arambai Show, Mukna competition, Yubi Lakpi, Sagol Lamjei (Horse Race), Arambai, Men’s International Polo Tournament at Mapal Kangjeibung, CM’s Sagol Kangjei Tournament at Kangla, Film Screenings, MMA among others.

Dubbed after the State Animal, the brow-antlered deer or Eld’s deer, or Sangai deer, the festival celebrates the uniqueness of its only home -Manipur.

It brings to light some of the best indigenous handlooms and handicraft products. One can witness the creativity of the tribes through their unique handloom and handicrafts exhibited in the global arena along with the three GI tagged Handlooms from Manipur – Wangkhei Phee, Sa phee-lan-phee, and Moirang phee.

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