The two-day Chapchar Kut celebrations, which began on Thursday successfully concluded on Friday amidst cultural fervour and gaiety Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga has called upon the Mizo people to start a new beginning for unification of all Mizo tribes living in different parts of India and the world as Mizoram celebrated the second day of the state’s biggest and most important festival ‘Chapchar Kut’ across the state on Friday.

Addressing the grand celebration of Chapchar Kut at Lammual (Assam Rifles ground) here as ‘Kut Pa’ or father of the festival, Zoramthanga urged the participants to strive and start a new beginning for strengthening the blood ties and unity of the Mizos not only with the Mizo tribes of Mizoram, but Burma, Bangladesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur and other states.

He said the Mizos of Mizoram have an important responsibility to play a motherly role to unify all the Mizo tribes in India and the world.

Zoramthanga said that Mizoram has been blessed with good forest land, favourable climate and rainfall. The state also has fertile land and large deposit of natural gas and oil, he said.

Citing that unearthing the richness of the state is a big challenge for the young generation, Zoramthanga urged them to take up collective effort to meet this challenge and also make use of their skill to exploit the richness of the state in most effective way.

He added that Lammual, the venue of Chapchar Kut celebration, which is presently under Assam Rifles, will be handed over to the Mizo people by June.

Art and culture minister R. Lalzirliana, who was ‘Kut Thlengtu’ or host of the festival, urged the people to discover the essence of Mizo culture and spirit of unity while celebrating the festival.

Describing “skill” as the most important weapon to defeat others, he also urged the youths to unearth and expose their hidden skills and talents.

Three sports persons — Jeje Lalpekhlua (footballer), David Zohmangaiha and Lalrintluangi, both everesters — were honoured for their outstanding contribution towards bringing Mizoram to the national limelight.

Boys and girls performing the Chawnglaizawn dance in Aizawl on Friday

The two-day Chapchar Kut celebrations, which began on Thursday successfully concluded on Friday amidst cultural fervour and gaiety. The celebrations were held across the state.

In Aizawl, where the grand celebration was held, one of the most eye catching performance of the festival was “Cheraw” (bamboo) and “Chawnglaizawn” dances performed by more than 90 YMA branches across the capital.

Many cultural items and folksongs recalling the history and traditions of Mizos, were also performed. “Chhawnghnawh”, a pre-Christian custom of stuffing a boiled eggs into each other’s mouths was also revived in the festival.

Besides Zo brothers from Northeast, Myanmar and Bangladesh, many tourist from the country and abroad attended the cultural event.

YMA troupe showcases Mizo traditional practice ‘Khuangchawi’ on the second day of Chapchar Kut celebrations in Aizawl on Friday

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