Sajibu Cheiraoba, a traditional festival that marks New Year of the Meiteis (majority ethnic group) of Manipur, was celebrated on 8 April 2016. It was celebrated with cultural gusto and religious fervor in Manipur.
Sajibu Cheiraoba is celebrated annually on the first day of Sajibu month (first lunar day of the lunar month Sajibu (March/April)). On this day, people arrange a joint family feast in which traditional cuisines are offered to local deities at the entrance gates of the houses.
After meals, people start climb the Cheiraoching located in Chingmeirong or tops of nearby hills in the afternoon to offer prayers. As per belief they think that it would elevate them to greater heights in their worldly life.
Later in night, Thabal Chongba, a local folk dance is also being organized at different locations of Manipur valley.
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