IMPHAL, April 8 - Manipur today celebrated Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba, the New Year of the Manipuris. Celebrated on the first day of the Manipuri month, Sajibu, which falls in the month of March or April, last year was held on March 21.
Praying to Gods by offering flowers, fruits and dishes, traditional family feasting, climbing nearby hillocks in the afternoon, etc., marked the occasion.
Special dishes are prepared from vegetables to be offered to deities for a grand feast for families. After the preparation, the food is offered by the elders of the house to three deities for the protection of the family. Married women give gifts to their parents and brothers on the occasion. The youths seek the blessings of the elders.
President Pranab Mukherjee has greeted the people on the occasion of the Spring festival. Manipur Governor V Shanmuganathan, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and others have extended warm greetings to the people on the occasion of the Meitei New Year.