Ukhrul: The 4th edition of the state-level Shirui Lily Festival, which was celebrated in Ukhrul district in honour of the state’s flower ‘Shirui Lily’ or Kashong Timrawon, concluded on Saturday. The four-day long festival started on Wednesday.
Biswajit Singh, minister for environment, forest and climate change, power, agriculture, science & technology graced the valedictory ceremony of the festival at Bakshi Ground, around 83 km from Imphal.
MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, ministers H Dingko Singh, Khashim Vashum, MLAs Ram Muivah, Leishiyo Keishing, Sagolsem Kebi Devi, BJP Manipur unit chief A Sarda Devi and state officials also attended the closing ceremony.
Addressing the closing ceremony, Singh said that Shirui Lily flower is not only promoting the sustainable eco-tourism but is also unifying communities by bringing them together under one roof to celebrate the beauty of oneness.
We need to put more effort to develop responsive tourism and to raise awareness among the people to conserve the endangered flower of the state, said the minister.
During the closing ceremony, artists from various communities of the state also performed on the Hingminashi Eikhoi (let’s live together) song.
The festival is organised by the department of tourism in collaboration with Ukhrul district administration and Shirui village authority.
The festival aims to raise awareness about the rare Lily, which cannot be replanted anywhere else in the world except at the Shirui Peak (Shirui Kashong) at Shirui village.
Spread over four days, the festival featured the rich traditions and heritage of the state. Moreover, it featured various events such as rock music competition, traditional dances, beauty pageant, indigenous games, art and culture, local handicrafts and many other activities.
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