AIZAWL, March 2 (Newmai): Mizoram’s most popular and biggest festival, Chapchar Kut began on Friday at Lammual or Assam Rifles Ground here with fanfare and cultural fervour. It was the first Chapchar Kut festival ever celebrated for two days with a theme “Sem sem dam dam, ei bil thi thi,” the Mizo saying for “Those who hoard dies but who share alive.”
The main celebration will be held on Friday across the state as the state government declared public holiday to mark the festival. Mizoram home minister R. Lalzirliana will be the ‘Kut Pa’ or father of the festival, while Tourism minister John Rotluangliana will be ‘Kut Thlengtu’ or host of the festival.
Amidst cultural fervor, thousands of people from all walks of life, young and old, dressed in traditional attires thronged Lammaul here where the celebration took place the whole day.
Addressing the celebration, Mizoram art & culture minister R. Romawia, who was the Kut Pa on the occasion, expressed desire that the Chapchar Kut strengthen unity and brotherhood among all Mizo tribes. He urged the Mizo people to remember of their existence as a close-knit community created by the almighty. Urging the Mizos to promote and revive their culture and traditions, he said that the existence of Mizo people as a nation and the essence of their culture will be diluted or assimilated if the people keep on imitating the cultures of others.
“We should revive and promote our culture and shun imitating the bad cultures of others,” he said. He also appealed to all Mizos to be “kindhearted and openhanded” as God bless those who share their belongings with others. “As the saying goes- one who hoards dies but who share alive, we should learn to love our fellow human beings (brothers) and share our food and belongings each other,” he said. He also asked Mizo people to be a blessing for others.
During the celebration of Chapchar Kut at AR ground here, exuberant dancers danced to the tunes of traditional music and songs while popular Mizo dances including sarlamkai and parlam were performed by different cultural troupes. Apart from this various Mizo traditional practices like ‘lengkhawm zai’ and mizo indigenous games which exposed Mizo culture were demonstrated by individuals and groups.