Sajibu Nongma Panba, also known as Sajibu Cheiraoba, is celebrated in Manipur to mark the traditional lunar new year for followers of the Sanamahism religion.

Here are 5 things you must know about the Manipuri festival:

  • Sajibu Cheiraoba is observed in April by the Meitei people on the first day of the lunar month Shajibu.
  • On the day before the festival, people clean their house and gardens are beautified; old utensils of the household are also well washed for the New Year festival.
  • The festival is intended to strengthen the bond of love and brotherhood among family members.
  • People arrange a family feast in which traditional cuisines are offered to local deities on plantain leaf at the entrance gates of the house.
  • After the hearty meal, people climb up the Cheirao Ching Hill in Chingmeirong or atop a nearby hill in the afternoon to offer prayers. The belief is that it will elevate them to greater heights in their worldly life.

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