For the last 300 years Manipur has been celebrating a unique form of the Holi festival, that incorporates old traditions of the local Meitei people – who dominate the state, and the deep influence of Vaishnavism in the region. The Yaosang as the festival is called in Manipur, not only connects the past with the present, it also seems to have cracked the code on how to stay relevant, forever.
The Meitei are the dominant ethnic group of Manipur and the community primarily occupies the central plains in the state. Though mostly in Manipur, the Meitei are also spread, albeit in smaller numbers, across the neighbouring states of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura and further afield in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
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