Ningol Chakkouba festival celebrated with gaiety and fervour
Manipur today celebrated Ningol Chakkouba festival with gaiety and fervour.
Grand feasts were organised in every household as married women came to their parental house and they and their children were presented with gifts by their parents and brothers.
Special cultural events, entertainment programmes would be arranged in the evening in all parts of the state.
Special all community Ningol Chakkouba festival was also observed and participated by different ethnic groups settled in the state.
According to reports, the festival was also celebrated by the Manipuris abroad.
The Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) also greeted people on the occasion.
Laisna, wife of Manipur King Nongda Lairen Pakhangba invited her brother Poreiton for a feast on the second of Manipuri month Hiyangei in the first century AD and since then the festival is celebrated.
People started experiencing some problems as brothers could not decide which house to visit. The celebrations continued in that tradition for a long until in the early 19th century during the reign of King Chandrakirti the tradition was changed and instead of brothers visiting their sisters, married women were invited for feasts at their parental house.