Zomi is the nomenclature of different sub-tribes living in different parts of the world and most of them are concentrated in the Churachanpur district bordering Mizoram.
Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, chief guest of the event held under the theme cultural conformity said, "I'm extremely happy to join this colorful function."
"As we celebrate this day at Imphal, I am also delighted to inform all those who are gathered here that similar celebration are being held in different towns and cities across the world like Singapore, Tokyo, Washington, London, Rangoon etc. and of course, Delhi, Shillong, Chennai and Bangalore," said LB Sona, chairman of Zomi Council. "The Zomi want peace and development. We dream of a 'Glowing Manipur' that is not only shining from the outside but from its very core," Sona said.
He said the Zomi suffered the pains of colonial injustice. The British annexed their (Zomi) land and fragmented their (Zomi) country into three different sovereign states-India, Burma and Bangladesh. Thus, thousands of Zomi leaders gathered for a historic Zomi convention at Falam (Myanamar) on February 20, 1948 and unanimously decided to reject autocratic rule . Since then the day is celebrated by the Zomi as the day of deliverance.