IMPHAL, April 14: Cheiraoba, the New Year of the Manipuri community, was celebrated on Monday in the state in a subdued manner amid the ongoing lockdown and subsequent curfew ordered by the State Government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Greeting the people on the occasion, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla
prayed for peace, prosperity and progress and also wished that the coming New Year may dispel the dark and bring in light to the State for a better future.
Reminding that for the Hindu Meiteis, Cheiraoba symbolizes coming of a new year and is celebrated by every household with great enthusiasm and gaiety, the Governor said this festival also represents change of guards where old give way to new and rekindles hope for a better life.
Greeting the people, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said, �I once again exhort the people of Manipur to take maximum prevention to stop spread of the COVID-19 which is wreaking havoc across the globe.�
Exhorting the need to restrict the celebration to observance of ritual prayers in the safety of their homes, he said "let us once again pledge to protect our community and population through our individual and collective responsible action".
Lok Sabha MP Dr RK Ranjan Singh also extended his greetings to fellow citizens of Manipur. The MP said that Cheiraoba is a part of the glorious tradition of sharing one's happiness and fortune with others. He hoped that the festival will strengthen bonds of amity and fraternity amongst different communities of the State and convince people to fight COVID-19 with full determination.
Speaker Y Khemchand Singh also extended his warm wishes to the people of Manipur specially Hindu Meiteis on the occasion of Cheiraoba.
Health Minister L Jayentakumar also greeted the people and appealed that in such a tense situation, "we all must abide by the rules and instructions issued by the Government from time to time in the public interest and also for personal safety".