It is interesting to note how Holi is celebrated in Manipur. Here,
the festivities continue for six days starting on the full moon day of
Phalguna. It may also be noted that the traditional and the centuries old
Yaosang festival of Manipur amalgamated with Holi with the introduction of
Vaishnavism in the eighteenth century.
Besides, there is also a tradition of preparing a thatched hut of hay,
twigs and sticks and then set ablaze. The next day boys make groups and play
Holi with girls. Girls, in Manipur, are smart and extract money from the
boys for playing colous with them.
Holi in Temples
Devotees, dress themselves in the traditional white and yellow turbans and
sing devotional songs in the Krishna temples. They also play gulal with each
other in front of the temple completely submerging themselves in the mirth
associated with the festival.
The Last Day
On the last day of the festival, devotees take out procession towards the
main Krishna temple, 3 km west of the state capital, Imphal. Here too,
devotees perform cultural activities and celebrate.
A special Manipuri dance, called 'Thabal Chongba' is also associated with
this festival. Thabal, means moonlight and Chongba means dance. Though
earlier only drum or dholak, was allowed to be used for this special dance,
now modern musical instruments are also used. This dance is performed on all
six-days in every locality and gives a chance to the young boys and girls to