3/24/2011 | India , Manipur

Halangkar Part I: Processions and Dancing

The festival of Yaoshang (Holi) in Imphal ends spectacularly with Halangkar.  While the opening day festivities are held at the Sri Govindjee temple, the final days events take place at an open field adjacent to the Bejoy Govinda Temple.  The idols from both the Sri Govindjee and the Bejoy Govinda Temples are carried in processions to the ground adjacent to the Bejoy Govina Temple.   Tents housing the idols are set up on the edges of the grounds while beneath a large tent in the middle of the ground devotees from around the Imphal valley dance to the beat of drums.

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