in North East India
and centuries old Yaosang festival of Manipur has now been
amalgamated with Holi following the successful introduction of
Vaishnavism in the 18th century during the reign of Garib Nawaz.
The theme of the festival here is the worship of Lord Krishna
and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The festival is celebrated for 6 days
from the Manipuri full moon day.
The festival is
characterized by a folk dance called Thabal Chongba, which means
Moonlight Dance. The Manipuris being very conservative don't
allow their young daughters to meet boys except on this
occasion. The night before Holi a hut is erected which is then
set ablaze when full moon rises from behind the Baruni Hills.
The following morning groups of youngsters extract money from
their elders using the phrase Naka Theng.
The girls and the
boys play with colored powder, and then the women demand money
from the men in return for having played with them.
Songs sung in
praise of Lord Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu characterizes