Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India has a history of celebrating festivals and fairs, which enrich the country’s cultural heritage and also support the local economy.
During a virtual address on the occasion of Manipur’s Sangai Festival, Modi said the Northeastern state is endowed with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
“It is like a necklace in which different gems are put together, with the state bearing the reflection of a mini India,” he said.
“Festivals like Sangai boost the local economy and attract investors as well as industries. I am confident that it will become a gateway to the development of the region,” the PM added.
The Sangai Festival is being celebrated after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Modi also lauded the Manipur government for organising the festival with an extensive vision and in a grand manner.
“This reflects the spirit and passion of the people of Manipur… It is the festival of oneness, which also gives the inspiration for a sustainable lifestyle,” the prime minister said.
“When we make nature, animals, plants and trees a part of our festivals, then co-existence also becomes a part of our life,” he said.
Sangai is the state animal of Manipur.
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