Aizawl: The two-day 'Chapchar Kut’', Mizoram’s most important and biggest festival, began in all parts of the state with fanfare and cultural fervour on Thursday. The theme of the festival is 'Zofate Inpumkhatna' or ‘Unity of all Mizo tribes’.
The first day of the festival was opened with Chapchar Kut Run early in the morning followed by a function in the forenoon.
In the state capital Aizawl, information and public relations minister Lalruatkima led the Chapchar Kut Run which was organised in two directs -- one from Chanmari point and the other from Sikulpui Kawn junction, which culminated at Lammual (Assam Rifles ground), where the official function was held to mark the celebrations.
The grand celebration of the festival will be held on Friday in all parts of the state as the government declared a public holiday to mark the festival. Chief minister Zoramthanga will grace the main celebration at Lammual as 'Kut Pa' or father of the festival, while art and culture minister R Lalzirliana will be the 'Kut Thelngtu' or host of the festival.
Amidst cultural fervour, thousands of people from different walks of life, dressed in traditional attires thronged Lammaul in Aizawl on Thursday where different cultural items depicting the unique Mizo identity were held to mark the celebrations.
Addressing the celebration at Lammual in Aizawl, art and culture minister R Lalzirliana, who was the Kut Pa on the occasion, called for unity of all Mizo tribes living in different parts of India and the world.
He said that Chapchar Kut belongs to all Mizo tribes, who trace their origin to Chhinlung (Sinlung), the most accepted ancestral home of the Mizo believed to be somewhere in China.
According to Lalzirliana, the theme of the festival 'Zofate inpumkhatna' was wholeheartedly chosen by the organizing committee to strengthen the brotherhood, blood and cultural ties of different Mizo tribes.
Though the Mizos speak different languages and followed distinct cultures of their own due to geographical barrier, they are not alienated from being a true Mizo, Lalzirliana said, adding linguistic difference and distinct cultures among Mizo tribes are the index of richness of the Mizo cultures as a whole.
He urged the Mizo people to value their cultures and traditions, and also retain Mizo’s moral code of conduct- Tlawmngaina, an essence of Mizo culture resembling to “selfless service” in any place they live.
During the celebration, exuberant dancers danced to the tunes of traditional music and songs while popular Mizo dances including ‘Siktuithiang Lam’ and ‘Hla Do' were performed by womenfolk and different cultural troupes.
As a part of Chapchar Kut celebration, art exhibition, museum exhibition and photo exhibition were organised.
Zo descendants from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur also attended the event.