IMPHAL, October 31: The IGAR south Mantripukhri today celebrated the ningol chakkouba with a feast in keeping with the Manipuri tradition which was participated by womenfolk from various walks of life and communities of the state.
The inaugural candle of the celebration was lighted by Padmashree Ksh Thouranishabi, ex chairperson Manipur State Commission for Women Dr Ch Jamini Devi, educationist Swami Woleng, editor Aja daily Valley Rose and IGAR (S) Maj Gen UK Gurung.
Speaking at the celebration, Padmashree Thouranishabi stated that the celebration of ningol chakkouba is an indigenous festival of the Manipuris and it is not celebrated anywhere else in the world.
She further expressed gratitude to the IGAR (S) for organizing such a festival in keeping with the tradition of the Manipuris and further wished that the IGAR (S) may be able to organized many more such celebrations in the future.
“The ningol chakkouba is one festival which is very much waited by the womenfolk of the state” she added.
Dr Jamini Devi in her short speech stated that the Sajibu Cheiraoba and the Ningol Chakkouba are the two most important festivals of the meitei community. The ningol chakkouba gives an opportunity to the married women to go to their parental house and share their joys and sorrows of married life with their parents, brothers and sisters, she maintained.
Citing that the custom of Ningol Chakkouba which was once celebrated by only the meitei community, has now spread to all communities residing in the state, Valley Rose, Aja editor stated that all communities should try and incorporate into their own customs and traditions, all the good qualities from each other.
Maj Gen UK Gurung while appreciating the invaluable contribution of the Manipuri womenfolk in all walks of life added that it was an honour for him to host the Ningols.
The IG further appealed to all women folk of the state to continue their inimitable role of maintaining peace, development and harmony in the society.
Further emphasizing that the state is undergoing a transformation, he further added that in the current milieu, it is the women who can make a difference.
During the celebration, the womenfolk who were drawn from all communities of the state offered fruits and other eatables to the rank and files of the IGAR (S) while the IGAR (S) presented gifts to the women folk.
The celebration was strictly adhered to tradition with the women folk eating on plaintain leaves and some AR officers attired in traditional pheijoms.
The celebration was also attended by renowned Manipuri film stars including Momoko and RK Hemabati among others.