Imphal: Noted actors of Manipuri films will take part in this year’s boat-racing festival Hiyang Heren Thanaba which falls on October 16.
The festival which is organized by the Thangapat Kanba Lup and Thangngapat Maintenance Committee will be celebrated at Thangapat, Imphal.
Participants of the festival were today blessed by the Manipur titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba at his palace Sana Konung with warm wishes for success and their safety.
At the blessing ceremony, convenor of the Mera Haochongba Thousil Lup P. Araba told media that Heyang Heren Thanaba and Mera Haochongba are the two most important festivals of Manipur which bind and unite people of the Valley with the hills. Adding to his speech, he said that the two festivals began to be celebrated in Manipur from 33 A. D. when Manipur was ruled by King Nongda Lairen Pakhangba. He invited the people of the state to come and witness the festival and further appealed the government to include boat racing as an event in the state’s Sangai Festival.