The two-day celebration of Chapchar Kut, the most colourful festival of the Mizos concluded on Friday amidst pomp and gaiety and high pitched entertainment at Assam Rifles Ground.
Mizo home minister R Lalzirliana was the Kut Pa, or Father of the Festival.
Youths and old like thronged the streets of Aizawl in colourful traditional attires and the venue Assam Rifles was adorned with mood of love and friendship. Cultural dances, traditional games and music were showcased in overdosed mode.
Kut Pa R Lalzirliana greeted the Mizo people across the globe and urged them to unite through the spirits of Chapchar Kut.
“The true spirit of the Kut lies not in the celebration but in the very roots where we came from, globalization has adulterated our cultures and our economic growth have sidelined our traditions to great extend, it’s high time we dig our roots out from the factors that hampers them,” R Lalzirliana said.
The festival’s theme ‘Sem sem dam dam dam, ei bil thi thi,’ a Mizo rendering of ‘Live and Let Live’ should not only be highlighted during the festival, but also in our daily lives, Kut Pa R Lalzirliana said.
The Kut Pa appealed to all the Mizos to live by the moral code of the great grandfathers and to give and let live code which the past Mizos practiced should be revived by the newer generations and generations to come.
The ensemble Cheraw, a bamboo dance again stole the show with ninety ensembles Cheraw being performed by 90 YMA branches from across the state. The afternoon show was all about music, top artistes from the state enthralled the gathering with chart topping hits.
As part of the celebration flower exhibition, photo & painting exhibition handicraft and handloom and food exhibition were organized near the Kut venue.
Chapchar Kut has been celebrated in Mizoram for ages. Mizo historians believe that it originated while Mizos were in Myanmar around 1450 AD.