Traditional boat racing festival held in northeastern India
Scores of people in India’s northeastern Manipur state on Saturday (September 02) participated in ‘Heikru Hidongba’, traditional boat race festival.
The festival is celebrated every year on the eleventh day of the Lunar month of ‘Langban’ of the ethnic Manipur group that corresponds with the month of September in Gregorian calendar.
The festival starts by offering special payers to local deity for the welfare of the king and the hoi polloi. This is followed by the main highlight of the festival which is the race between the two boats.
Several people converged at Imphal Valley to become part of the festival.
A visitor, Jejei Newmai said she witnessing the event for the first time and was really happy to become part of the festival.
Manipur governor Najma Heptulla also became part of the festivities.
Locals believe that the festival is being celebrated since 984 and 1074 A.D by the ethnic group for the well being of their community. The result of the race decides whether the year will be good or bad for the community.