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Manipur Hosts The Shirui Lily Festival 2022

To create and raise awareness around the Shirui lily, Manipur Tourism hosts the 4th State Level Shirui Lily Festival which starts 25th to 28th May 2022

Manipur Hosts The Shirui Lily Festival 2022
Shirui Lily - A rare plant grown only in Manipur and cannot be replanted anywhere in the world Shutterstock

Not many know about Manipur's state flower, the Shirui lily. It an endangered flower which cannot be replanted anywhere in the world. Thus, to create and raise awareness around this flower, Manipur Tourism will be hosting the 4th State Level Shirui Lily Festival which will start on May 25 and end on May 28. 2022. The festival is usually held around April and May as it is the blooming season for this flower.

Manipur is aiming to preserve this extremely rare flower which also has a pleasant fragrance. Along with generating awareness on the flower, the tourism board is also trying to educate people on sustainable and responsible tourism. Meanwhile, for people from different communities across the state, the festival offers ample livelihood opportunities. The tourists, on the other hand, will witness the scenic views of the Ukhrul district and learn about its history and the tribe called Tangkhul Naga which resides there. The event will be held on the TNL Ground, Phangrei and the Bakshi Ground.

Spread over four days, the festival will display the traditions and cultures of the state. According to the Manipur Tourism site, the celebration will include events such as live music concerts, folk performances, traditional dances, indigenous games and competitions, and arts and handicrafts exhibitions. One will also be able to sample ethnic dishes. Camping, biking and many other adventure activities will be held too. For fans of music, the famous international rock bands – Nazareth and Extreme – will be performing at the event.

Ukhrul district has other tourist destinations to offer. Located at a distance of 83 kilometres to the east of Imphal, the district has the famous, prehistoric Khangkhui Lime Caves. There's also Shirui Hills, where the state flower of Manipur blooms. Another tourist destination, Longpi Village, is known for its famous black pottery, the products of which are widely found in different cities and towns of Manipur.

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