Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh extended his greetings and well wishes to the Zeliangrong community and the people of the state on the occasion of ‘Gaan Ngai’ festival. 

In his message, the chief minister said the Gaan Ngai festival, which is the biggest cultural and religious post harvest festival of the Zeliangrong community, marks the end of the year and beginning of the new year.

“During the festival, the community offer thanksgiving to Tingkao Ragwang (Supreme God) for the good harvest and pray for the well being in the coming year,” he said.

“May the festival bring happiness and prosperity, and also spread the message of unity, love, peace and brotherhood amongst all the communities in the state,” the CM added.

Extending his greetings to the Zeliangrong community on the joyous and auspicious occasion of ‘Gaan Ngai’ festival, Governor La Ganesan stated that the festival, which is the ‘Festival of winter season’, is for paying obeisance and homage to those departed souls who left this temporal world in the year before.

The festival also symbolises bidding adieu to the old year gone by and heralding a New Year with full of hope and aspiration, the Governor said in his message.

In his message, the Governor also stated that Gaan Ngai has become a major cultural event of not only the Zeliangrong community but of other communities in the state as well.

Though essentially Gaan Ngai is an occasion of worship and thanksgiving to the Almighty, it is also an occasion of making joy and merriment, he added.

He further invited the general public to celebrate the festivities in a spirit of friendship and brotherhood with traditional gaiety and devotion, and ring in the New Year for a peaceful and prosperous Manipur.

Gaan Ngai, also known as Chakaan Gaan-Ngai, is the biggest festival of the Zeliangrong community spread across in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. The festival takes place after the end of the harvest season and consists of a series of rituals. 

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