gang ngai festival
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The state of Manipur is a land of festivals, and the people of this state enjoy every festival with great enthusiasm and happiness. Each of the festival of this state is unique and a mixture of different culture and lifestyle. The heritage and culture of Manipur are very rich and colourful, and this is indeed reflected in the way they celebrate different festivals.
Gang- Ngai is a religious festival and is celebrated by the people of Zeliangrong. This festival is seen to be enjoyed heartily in almost all the districts of Manipur. The Gang- Ngai festival is also considered as a self- identity festival in order to mark the end of the harvest season and is also celebrated to mark the beginning of the New Year. Also, this festival is celebrated to preserve their cultures and traditions, and this particular festival also aims to introduce the culture to the new generation so that they can further take the legacy forward.
The festival is also celebrated to teach the community about strict disciplines in society and also for girls who are soon going to be married.
In 1976, the Gang- Ngai festival was declared as a restricted holiday, but since 10th January 1998, it was declared as a Public holiday by the United Front Government Head. This step was however taken to safeguard the culture and identity of the Zeliangrong community.