Ningol Chakouba is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the North Eastern state of Manipur. This festival is celebrated on the second day of the New Moon in the Manipuri month of Hiyangei, which falls in the month of November of the Georgian calendar.
About Ningol Chakouba Festival
The mesmerizing land of Manipur is filled with gaiety, enjoyment and adventures, which goes on throughout the year. It is a state that always flurries with the series of. The festivals of Manipur display their cultural, social and religious aspirations. Ningol Chakouba is a social festival of jollity celebrated in the state of Manipur. It is mainly celebrated by the Meiteis or the Vaishnavites. The significance of the festival can be well understood by its name itself as “Ningol” means married women and “Chakouba” is going to parent’s house. Thus, the festival involves the married women going to their parent’s house.
Celebration of Ningol Chakouba Festival
Manipur is renowned to keep the culture and tradition of the state intact and every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Similarly, the Ningol Chakouba festival is celebrated with same zest and displays the rich culture and tradition of the beautiful land. On this day of Ningol Chakouba, women clad in traditional attire with their children and visit their parental house to meet their brothers and father early in the morning. This is one of the most auspicious festivals of the state which is celebrated with grandeur and the whole atmosphere is filled with merriment, happiness, fun and gaiety. The festival of Ningol chakouba is an extremely cherished and widely celebrated festival among the Meity community. The married women return to parent’s house along with their children to celebrate this auspicious festival. At their parent’s place, the women are pampered with food, gifts and full comfort. Mothers are seen preparing sumptuous and extensive meals for their daughters who come home to celebrate this festival. Parents warmly welcome their daughters and grand children. The reason behind the keenness of the festival is the effect it has on strengthening the family ties. It is basically a way of family reunion and get- togethers. The festival pompously sketches the affection parents have for their daughters and vice-versa. The women in Manipur fondly wait for this festival giving them a reason to reunite with their parents living far away. Earlier, mainly observed by the Meities community, this festival in the present times is observed by the Pangals or the Manipuri Muslims to some extent.