Shirui village, the home of Shirui Lily (Lilium mackliniae), in Ukhrul district will play host to a 5-day Shirui Lily Festival 2017. To be held from May 15 to 19, the opening ceremony of the festival will be held at IFAD Ground, Shirui village and the closing ceremony at Tangkhul Naga Long ground, Ukhrul.
Manipur had declared Shirui Lily as State Flower in the year 1989. The Lily was discovered by Britisher Frank Kingdon Ward in 1948. It grows only in the Shirui Peak and blooms in the month of May and June.
‘We have three things in Manipur which are unique in the world – Sangai, Shirui and Manipuri Polo. The State Government has already organized festivals in the name of Sangai and Manipuri Polo, but a festival for Shirui is yet to be organized. And I felt that we must organize a grand festival in the name of the Shirui,’ said Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
Source: Morung Express