Shirui Lily Festival

Tension forces postponement of Manipur’s famed Shirui Lily Festival

Israeli Metal Band Orphaned Land and UK’s Bon Giovi Tribute Band Set to Perform at the Festival

The anticipated fifth edition of Manipur’s state-level Shirui Lily Festival, originally planned to take place from May 17-20, has been postponed until further notice due to the prevailing tension in the region. The announcement came through a notification from the Tourism Department, signed by Director W Ibohal Singh on May 11.

Preparations were in full swing to host the famed Shirui Lily Festival, one of the most sought-after festivals in the state. However, after clashes broke out in the state, the government announced its decision to postpone the annual tourism festival.

The festival is coined after the famous state flower ‘Shirui Lily or Kashongwon’, which is endemic to Shirui Kashong peak in the Ukhrul district, Manipur.

Over the years, the festival witnessed a huge footfall from across the state and other parts of the country, showcasing the rich culture and tradition of the Tangkhuls and the people’s hospitality.

Besides displaying cultural activities, the festival is popularly known for ‘ShiRock’, a musical concert that brings in international and national musicians, along with local artists from the region, on one stage.

This year, two international bands, an Israeli metal band, Orphaned Land and Bon Jovi’s tribute band Bon Giovi from the United Kingdom, were scheduled to perform during the opening and closing days of the rock festival, respectively.

Source: EastMojo

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