Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Friday said Chapchar Kut, the state’s most important festival, has brought different tribes of Mizo together.

Unlike previous years, a virtual programme was held on Friday to celebrate Chapchar Kut due to the spread of Covid-19.

This year the Chapchar Kut theme is “promotion of Mizo moral ethics: Obedience.”

The event held at Vanapa Hall was graced by Zoramthanga as the ‘Kut Pa” or father of the festival while art and culture minister R. Lalzirliana was “Kut Thlengtu” or chief host of the festival.

Speaking on the occasion, Zoramthanga said Chapchar Kut has played a great role in integrating and unifying different tribes of Mizo living in different parts of the globe.

“No doubt tribes, language and music have partly played important roles in unifying the Mizo communities, it is the culture that plays the most important role in integrating the Mizo tribes and in this way Chapchar Kut remains instrumental in bringing us together,” he said.

The chief minister also claimed that Mizoram is one of the best performing states in tackling Covid-19 in the country.

The Mizos are disciplined people and this Mizo regimented society has greatly helped the state to have the least Covid-19 fatalities in the country, he said.

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He also urged the Mizo people to retain and promote the Mizo moral code of conduct.

The Mizoram chief minister also said that his government stands for the integration of all the Mizo tribes living across the globe.

While expressing regret for the hardship faced by the Mizo communities in Myanmar following the military coup in the neighbouring country, Zoramthanga said any person, who actually impacted by the military coup and seeks refuge in Mizoram are warmly welcome to stay in the state.

He said that the government has made financial allocation to provide relief to the refugees.

“We have learnt that some refugees have already crossed over to Mizoram. We will provide shelter and relief to those who seek refuge in the state due to military coup till their return to their country. We have sanctioned money for the purpose, which will be used as per requirement,” he said.

R. Lalzirliana and Central YMA president Vanlalruata also addressed the celebration.

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