mizo festivalCORRESPONDENT, Assam Tribune

AIZAWL, March 2: People from all walks of life, clad in colourful traditional attires, flocked to Lammual (Assam Rifles) ground here to celebrate Mizos’ biggest traditional festival that began on Thursday. Mizoram Art & Culture Minister R Romawia graced the first day of the two-day festival as father of the festival. This year’s Chapchar Kut was themed ‘Sem Sem Dam Dam, Ei Bil Thi Thi’ (an old Mizo saying which means who distributes will live longer and who is unwilling and selfish must die). On the occasion of Chapchar Kut, Mizoram Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Rtd) and his wife greeted the people of Mizoram. “I send our heartiest greetings to all the Mizos living in Mizoram and in other parts of the world.

festival mizoramAs it is a day to celebrate, let us rededicate ourselves to foster unity, irrespective of where we live or to which ethnic tribe we belong to,” he said. Chapchar Kut is a spring festival celebrated every year in March with great fervour and gaiety by Mizos after completion of their Jhum operation (shifting agriculture by clearing jungle). Mizos celebrate this festival by dressing in their traditional attire and dancers dance to the tune of typical music and songs. Popular Mizo dances including Cheraw, Chheihlam, Sarlamkai and Khuallam are performed by various cultural groups.

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