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Sangai Festival, a grand Indian celebration of indigenous culture of Manipur

Nalynn Dolan Caine ▼ | November 20, 2019
Named after Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in the State of Manipur and also recognised as its state animal, the Sangai Festival is a vibrant display of the rich and eclectic culture of Manipur.
Sangai Festival
India   The locations of the festival are popular tourist destinations
The KeibulLamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the entire world located on the Loktak Lake, is the last natural home of the dancing deer called ‘Sangai’, an endemic and endangered subspecies of brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur, India.

Held from November 21 to November 30, in the extremely beautiful region of Sangai in Manipur, the Sangai Festival sees spectacular folk dance performances such as Bamboo dance, Khamba Thoibi dance, Kabui Naga dance, Lai Haraoba dance, Maibi dance, and many more.

Another interesting aspect of the festival is the playing of such games as Yubi-Lakpi, which is played like rugby except with a greased coconut. Then there is Mukna Kangjei, a combination of wrestling and hockey and Thang Ta, Manipur’s martial arts. The most popular of these is Sagol Kangjei, commonly known as polo.

The festival is celebrated all across the state and the primary locations comprise Mao, Ukhrul, Lamboikhongnangkhong, Uripok, KeibulLamjao, KhumanLampak, and HaptaKangjeibung.

The festival is a great opportunity to try the authentic delicacies of Manipur! From iromba, which is prepared with fermented fish and boiled vegetables, to nga-thongba or fish curry, there's a lot on offer at the food stalls in the festival.