Manipur governor Najma Heptulla expressed hope that the Hun festival which is an important cultural event of Thadou tribe in the state will further strengthen the bond of brotherhood.

She was speaking as the chief guest at the ‘Hun festival-2018’ celebrated on April 7 every year marking the occasion for Thanksgiving Prayer on the sprouting of plants and for a bountiful harvest. The main festival function was held at Keithelmanbi Military Colony, Kangpokpi district.

Stating that the festival is a joyous and auspicious occasion, the governor stressed on the importance of working for the overall welfare and development of the State.

‘Hun’ is held during spring and this festival provides an opportunity to not only make merry but to introspect on our past and plan for the future, she added.

Heptulla further stated that the festival is representative of the way of life of the Thadou people down the ages and remains an integral part of their cultural identity. The Hun festival, therefore, has come to mean an important village agricultural activity.

She said being a large community in the state their contribution to the integrity of the State has been immense. Their role in the freedom struggle of India and the Anglo-Kuki War during 1917 to 1919 stands testimony to their bravery and love for freedom.

The governor further added that the celebration of ‘Hun’ will not only help in promoting the collective identity of Thadou brethren but will spread the message of peace, love, communal harmony, friendship and brotherhood amongst the different communities in the northeast and especially in Manipur.

She also urged all the citizens to guard themselves from the divisive forces which pose a great challenge to the age-old tradition of peaceful co-existence. (Manipur DIPR)

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