Shirui Lily Festival

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News: Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture has inaugurated the Shirui Lily Festival in Ukhrul district,Manipur.

Facts:

About the Shirui Lily festival:

  • Shirui Lily Festival is an annual five-day State festival celebrated in Ukhrul district,Manipur.
  • The festival seeks to spread awareness about the endangered Shirui Lily and promote the district of Ukhrul as a tourist destination in Manipur.
  • It also demonstrates age-old traditions and culture of the inhabitants of district of Ukhrul. 

About Shirui lily:

  • Shirui Lily or Lilium mackliniae is the State Flower of Manipur.
  • It is found only in the upper ranges of Shirui Hills in Ukhrul district of Manipur.
  • The Shirui Lily has also been awarded at Royal Horticultural Society‚Äôs Flower Show in London in 1948.