Siaha: Lyuva Khutla, the most important and biggest cultural as well as thanksgiving festival of the Mara tribes of Mizoram, was celebrated in southern Mizoram’s Siaha town on Friday.
The event was graced by Padma Shri awardee A Zakia as ‘Azipa’ or ‘father’ of the festival.
During the festival, various branches of Mara Thyutlia Py (MTP) or Mara Youth Association in Siaha town showcased cultural dances. A costume parade was also taken out by over 10 branches of Mara Chano Py (MCHP) or Mara Women Federation depicting the Mara identity and tradition.
Many Mara singers, including oldies K Saidi and S Ngodei, also mesmerised the audience with Mara folk songs. As a part of the celebration of the festival, Lyuva Khutla Chhivaw and Khydi (Miss & Mr) contest was held on the occasion.
Siaha’s Meisavaih lass BP Shelvi Hlychho was crowned Chhivaw (Miss), while Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) chief executive member N Zakhai’s son N Beihmopiesa won Khydi or Mr title.
The festival was attended by many important officials from Mara Autonomous District Council.
Lyuva Khutla (festival) is celebrated after completion of arduous jhumming task (slash and burn). It is celebrated as thanksgiving to the almighty for his helps and blessings.
The Maras are one of the major tribes of Mizo, concentrated mainly in the southern part of Mizoram and in Myanmar.