(Last Updated on : 03/04/2017)
Yaosang festival commences from the full moon day of Lunar month of Phalgun
(February - March).It is celebrated before the Cheiraoba festival
. This festival is also known as festival of colors. The festivities begin with the music of Thabal Chongba. During this festival the people of Manipur
joyously apply natural powder colors on each other. This festival is also known as 'Dol Jatra
'. The locals also keep in feasting to celebrate this festival of joyfulness.
Celebration of Yaosang Festival
Thabal Chongba is a Manipuri folk dance
where boys and girls form a circle and hold hands and sing and dance. It is performed on the full moon night of Phalgun. This is one of the major attractions. Money is collected from house to house and it is spent on parties and merry making.
Traditionally, this festival starts by burning a thatched hut made of hay and twigs. In temples of Lord Krishna
devotees sing devotional songs, perform dances and play with color wearing traditional white and yellow turbans. On the last day of the festival processions are taken out to the main temple of Lord Krishna near Imphal
where several cultural activities are held. Yaoshang is the Spring Festival which is very important for the Manipuri Hindu
Community. It was invented by Meidingu Chinghthang Khomba alias Raja Bhagyachandra during his reign as King of Manipur. He ruled from 1759 AD till 1798 AD.
The Festival begins from the morning when locality people build a Yaosang Hut which is made of straws, dry grasses and bamboos. By evening of the first day the Image of Lord Krishna will be brought out by the local Brahmin
from the locality temples of Lord Krishna. He will purify the hut by sprinkling Holy Waters along with appropriate rites and rituals along with chanting of Vedic hymns. After this Lord Krishna's image should be placed inside the hut for some time while devotees offer small colorful flags, flowers, sweets, seasonal fruits to the Lord.
Thereafter the Brahmin performs Arati. Thereafter the offerings are distributed among the devotees. The image brings out from the hut. The Brahmin decides on a particular timing when the hut should be lighted. Thereafter Yaosang Hut is completely burned down. Hand-outs are gathered from house to house and the money collected is spent on parties and merry making.