The dancing deer Sangai is the pride of Manipur, while Nagaland idolizes the colourful Hornbill bird.
These two neighbouring States are in a tough race to become the ‘tourist hotspot’ of Northeast India.
Taking the names of the significant bird and animal, Manipur and Nagaland celebrate the Sangai Festival and Hornbill Festival respectively every year roughly at the same season and also for the same budget (nearly Rs. 2.5 crores).
The Sangai Festival kicked off from November 21 and lasted for 10 days till November 30.
The DoNER Minister and Chief Ministers of Mandalay and Sagaing Regions of Myanmar made glittering appearances at the inaugural ceremony of the Sangai Festival.
There were also foreign delegates from Myanmar, Thailand and China besides polo players from the United States, Germany and Thailand for participating at the 7th Manipur Polo International, a component event of the Sangai Festival.