Mera Chaoren Houba is a wonderful festival that takes place every year on the first day of the month of Mera Tha, the seventh month in the Manipuri lunar calendar. In 2022, this day falls on September 26th. The holiday is held in accordance with a very specific calendar, which is fundamentally different from all existing methods of counting days. The event is as unique as the calendar, it is celebrated in India, in the state of Manipur and treated with great respect.
Mera Chaoren Houba is an ancient holiday dedicated to two deities – Lord Lainintou Sanamahi, who was the deity of the Manipuri family, as well as the goddess of nature, the earth – Leymarel Sidabi. The festival is always carried out richly and magnificently. Residents come to Kangla Palace, Sanamahi temple and bring gifts – fruits, vegetables, incense, rice. With these offerings, people ask the gods for prosperity and health. The holiday also encourages the preservation of unity as well as friendliness among all Manipuri communities.
- The festival is also held to celebrate the beginning of the Mera Manipuri, it starts in September and ends in October.
- On this day, the locals pray, promote the traditions of solidarity, love between all love.
- The holiday teaches people to live in harmony with birds, animals, and nature in general.
- The festival reminds us that we live on the planet with other creatures, so it is important for us to learn to respect each other.
How to celebrate
Mera Chaoren Houba is dedicated to nature, so take this day to communicate with nature, plant a tree, a flower bed, visit a nature reserve or a national park. Pray, because prayer unites us with nature, it is an effective way to send a request to the Cosmos for peace, unity, and the health of loved ones. Learn more about the history and traditions of Manipuri – it is very interesting and informative.
When is Mera Chaoren Houba in 2022?
Mera Chaoren Houba is observed on September 26 each year.