Sangai tourism festival held in Manipur
Union Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the much-hyped tourism festival of the State, Manipur Sangai Festival – 2018 at Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal East district on Wednesday. Speaking as Chief Guest of the inaugural function held at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre, Sitharaman said that Manipur is the ‘gem’ among the states of the country. She further said that Manipur is such a beautifully endowed state where one can find the unique freshwater Loktak Lake, natural beauty and wildlife, age-old culture and traditions, varieties of exotic foods etc.
Every year the State of Manipur celebrates the “Manipur Sangai Festival” from 21st to 30th November. The ‘Festival’ is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. It started in the year 2010 and has grown over the years into a big platform for Manipur to showcase its rich tradition and culture to the world. The festival is labeled as the grandest festival of the State today and helps promote Manipur as a world class tourism destination. Every edition of the festival showcases the tourism potential of the state in the field of Arts & Culture, Handloom, Handicrafts, Indigenous Sports, Cuisine, Music and Adventure sports of the state etc.