Mizos are basically,
agriculturists people. They practice Jhum Cultivation. All their
other activities revolve around the Jhum operations and their
festivals are all connected with such agricultural operations. Take
a travel package to Mizoram State and just baptize in the rich
culture of dance and music of Mizoram State of Northeast India.
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Festivals- Most of the festivals celebrated in Mizoram are related to the
agricultural activities. These festivals bring forth the vibrancy and the
liveliness of the people of Mizoram. Some of the major festivals in Mizoram
include Chapchar Kut, Mim Kut, Pawl Kut and Thalfavang Kut.
Chapchar Kut (March)-The spring festival is the most important community
celebration in Mizoram. With the arrival of the festival, people of all ages,
men and women, dressed themselves in traditional and colorful costumes, exotic
headgears and jewelleries. They assemble and perform various folk dances. They
also sing traditional songs accompanied by beating of drums and clanging of
gongs and cymbals. Groups from every region congregate at the event and display
their best performance. The performers dance in joyous celebration of life.
These dances have a feel of bonhomie and courting woven into them. 'Cheraw' or
the 'bamboo dance' which is popular all over the country is also performed
during this festival.
Mim Kut and Pawl Kut (November/December)-This festival is also part of
the tourist season. It is celebrated at the completion of the harvesting season.
During these festivals, various folk dances, exulting songs and energetic games
are performed. When the festival takes place, the entire community also joins in
with great enthusiasm, joy and feasting. During these festivities 'tingtang'
(guitar) and 'phenglawng' (flute) are the indigenous musical instruments that
act as rhyme and musical accompaniments to the various dances.
Thalfavang Kut (November)
The Thalfavang Kut festival takes place when the people of Mizoram complete the
process of weeding of the field and prepare for the forthcoming harvest. This
colorful festival is very new unique and invokes a different kind of experience.
A good score of this festival is that it gives the community an opportunity to
come together, retain the present bonds and renew the old ones.
Here Christmas is celebrated for three days starting from 24th till 26th of
December. The majority population of the region is Christian, so Christmas is
one of the most important events of the Mizos. On Christmas Eve, people start
celebrations in their homes and on the 25th of December, a grand celebration
takes place in the church. On 26th December the families organize a grand and
sumptuous feast where everyone from young to old take part and rejoice with
great fervor in festivities and in true sense of community.
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