IMPHAL, April 6 - Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba, the New Year of the Manipuri community, was celebrated across the State on Saturday. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the Manipuri month Sajibu, which usually falls in March-end or early-April.
People pray to Gods by offering flowers, fruits and various dishes, while special dishes are prepared from vegetables to be offered to deities along with seasonal endemic items for a grand feast for families.
The food is offered by the elders of the house to three deities for protection of the family. Married women give gifts to their parents and brothers on the occasion.
With the advent of the New Year, people pray that the festival ushers in peace, progress and prosperity, and enhances the spirit of unity, cohesiveness and brotherhood among the communities of Manipur.
On the auspicious occasion, youngsters seek the blessings of elders for a happy life.
Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind also conveyed warm wishes and greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Sajibu Cheiraoba.
Maintaining that the festival marks the onset of the New Year and reflects the values of prosperity and well-being, the President prayed for the festival to strengthen the bonds of love and affection as well as the spirit of fraternity among people across the nation.
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Assembly Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh also conveyed warm wishes to the people on the auspicious occasion.