Imphal, Apr 6 : Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba marking the beginning of the new Manipuri calendar was celebrated today. Most households prepared feasts at their houses and offered new clothes, to the Gods and Goddesses. Gifts were presented to parents, elders and brothers by married women on the occasion. After the feasts people climbed the nearest hillocks in their locality. Special security arrangements were taken up at Cheiraoching, Iroisemba and other hillocks as hundreds of people came to climb .
Governor Dr Najma Heptulla said let us all resolve to make Cheiraoba, a harbinger of peace and harmony in the State and work together for a common goal . The Governor urged all to observe the day in its true spirit to strengthen the bond of friendship among several communities residing in the State. Chief Minister N Biren Singh also wished the people of Manipur on the occasion of "Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba", the first day of Sajibu, the first month of the traditional Meiteis/Meeteis calendar.
N Biren Singh conveyed that the day is observed as a festival with family reunion, exchange of greetings, annual house cleaning, temple visits and a family meal by Meiteis/Meeteis. "As we celebrate this festival with fervour and gaiety, let us not forget to take care of our aged grandparents, parents and other aged relatives," said the CM and prayed for the festival to bring peace, prosperity, good health and happiness to all.