Manipur is a state located in the northeastern part of India. It is bordered by Indian states of Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west while Burma (Myanmar) lies to the east.
Imphal is the capital and the largest city of the state. Other important cities of Manipur include – Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Moirang, Moreh and Ukhrul, etc.
People of Manipur include the Meitei, Pangal, Naga, Kuki, and Mizo, who speak different languages of branches of the Tibeto-Burman family.
Diwali Celebrations in Manipur :
Around 46% of the population of Manipur follows Hinduism. Hence Diwali is celebrated in the state with great enthusiasm.
Just like in other parts of the country, people of Manipur clean and decorate their houses of the festival of Diwali. The temples, temple yards, houses, shops and public places are illuminated with divas, candles and electric lights to welcome goddess Lakshmi.
On the occasion of Diwali, people of Manipur wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts and sweets with one another.
The goddess of wealth, the Lakshmi, is worshiped in temples and houses while children enjoy bursting fireworks and eating sweets.
In Manipur, Ningol Chakouba is an important festival which is celebrated a day or two after Diwali. It is similar to Bhaidooj which is celebrated in other parts of the country.
On this day, people invite their married daughters to their homes for lunch which is actually a big feast. The festival is one of the biggest celebrations observed by Meteis, Hindus of Manipur, however nowadays even Muslims too have started celebrating it.
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