Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday extended greetings to the people in the state on the occasion of Ningol Chakouba, hoping to strengthen the bond of love among the brothers and sisters, daughters and parents of a family.
Ningol Chakouba Festival is celebrated on the second day of Hiyangei month of Manipuri Lunar Calendar. It is one of the state’s most celebrated festivals, particularly for the Meitei community.
‘Ningol’ means married woman and ‘Chakouba’ means an invitation for a feast. The married women are invited over to their parents’ home for a feast on this occasion, a symbol of love and affection between brothers and sisters, daughters and parents of a family.
“Although the festival is originally observed by the Meitei community, the celebration now extends to other communities in Manipur emphasising the importance of happiness and reunion of a family in bringing peace and harmony in society,” said CM Biren Singh in his festival message.
“May this festival foster the true spirit of love, goodwill and compassion in our society,” he added.
These intimate and nostalgic moments strengthen the bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters, added works minister Th Biswajit Singh.
Minister of forest Awangbow Newmai, social welfare minister Okram Henry Singh, CAF&PD minister Th Satyabrata Singh and Speaker Yumnam Khemchand were also greeted to the people, especially to the Ningols, on the auspicious festival of the state.