Imphal: Governor Anusuiya Uikey has heartily greeted the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Yaoshang, 2023 which will be celebrated from March 7 to 11. In her message, the Governor said, “The festival of Holi known as Yaoshang'” in the State is celebrated at the onset of spring every year by the Vaishnavites of the State. It is a celebration symbolising the rejuvenation of the very spirit of life and the young and the old alike take part in this festival of colours.
The festival is marked by fun and gaiety imbued with spiritualism, leaving behind the past and looking forward to a new day full of hope. It exhorts one and all to forget their differences and strengthen their bond of unity irrespective of caste, creed or religion”. She said, “The festival of “Yaoshang” has now become a sports movement as various sporting activities take place in every locality during the entire
period of the festival. Enthused with the spirit of “Yaoshang”, the emphasis in these sports is more on participating by all irrespective of age or sex”.
The Governor called upon the people to celebrate Yaoshang in its true spirit with the participation of all communities and resolve to make Manipur a better and peaceful State where mutual respect and love prevail among all communities.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also conveyed his warm greetings to the people on the joyous occasion of Yaoshang 2023. The Chief Minister in his message said, “Yaoshang (Holi) is one of our biggest festivals. Celebrated for five days in spring starting from the full moon day of the lunar month of Lamta, it is celebrated with joy and affection through colours, holika and Thabal Chongba. For many decades now sports events mark the five-day long festival marking a shift in generational thought”. May the colours of
Yaoshang bring all shades of happiness in the lives of each one of us, he prayed.
Water Resource Minister Awangbow Newmai also conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Yaoshang, 2023. “Yaoshang festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Lamta on the onset of spring. The festival is not only for young people, but all the people take part in the celebration irrespective of caste, age and gender. From purely being a festival, we have seen changes in the festival; sports have become a part of the spirit of Yaoshang”. May this festival also form a platform to harness peace and harmony among the diverse ethnic communities of the State.
Let us all observe the festival in its true spirit, he wished. Textiles, Commerce and Industry & Co-operation Minister Nemcha Kipgen also extended her heartiest greetings and warm wishes to all the people on the joyous occasion of Yaoshang Festival, 2023 “Observed for the continuous five days, the festival of Yaoshang is celebrated with full excitement and is one of the major festivals of Manipur. Traditional and religious songs dance performances and colours are some of the significant aspects of this beautiful festival,” the Minister said. May the joyous spirits of this festival rejuvenate and strengthen the age-old bond of love, harmony and understanding amongst all the people in the society, she prayed. Health & IPR Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh also conveyed his warm greetings and best wishes to all the people on the auspicious occasion of Holi Festival.
The Minister said, “The Holi festival which is celebrated on the full moon day of March i.e. Lamda Purnima has a cultural significance among various Hindu traditions of the Indian subcontinent. It
is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, to end conflicts by meeting others, a day to forget and forgive. Holi also marks the start of spring, an occasion for people to enjoy the changing seasons
and make new friends”. May this year’s Holi festival bring happiness, prosperity, peace, brotherhood and unity amongst communities in the State, he wished.