The sixth edition of the 12-day-long Singju Festival 2022 will start from December 28 at Marjing Polo Complex, Heingang in Imphal East, Singju Yokhatpa Lup (SYOL) said.
The SYOL said the Singju festival 2022 is being held to preserve and promote the indigenous food, culture and integrity of Manipur.
The festival venue will have around 100 stalls showcasing indigenous handloom, handicrafts and food of Manipur, Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh, it said.
Besides organising four promotional events (Singju Run, Friendly Football Match, Tree Plantation and Singju Cycle Rally), the Singju festival 2022 will be holding a total of 26 main events which includes cultural show, indigenous sports, Miss Singju, musical nite, symposium on medicinal plant, competitions for children among others.
Announcing the festival on Sunday at Manipur Press Club in Imphal, adhyaksha of Imphal East ZP P Bimola, who is the chairman of the festival, said the main objective of organising the Singju Festival 2022 is to preserve and promote the indigenous medicinal plants which are the composite of ‘Singju’, a traditional food of Manipur.
She pointed out that ‘Singju’ is a great symbol of unity as it consists of plants grown in hills, valleys, water and underground. She further stressed the need for maintaining unity among the different ethnic groups like a ‘Singju’ in order to head towards a progressive society.
She stated that the festival was kept on hold for almost two years due to Covid pandemic. She appealed to the people of Manipur to support the festival and be a part of it and refrain from calling any sorts of bandh, strike or blockade during the 12-day festival.
Due to covid, the singju festival was not held in 2020 and 2021. The fifth edition of the fest was held at Wangjing in Thoubal district in 2019.
Convenor of 5th edition of the festival, Laimujam Pratap Singh conveyed that the festival was conducted under the theme “Save Our Indigenous Food, Culture and Integrity”. He also said that the singju festival aims at promoting this indigenous food, Singju.