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Festivals

Nearly all the Mizo festivals revolve round the tilling of the land. Mim Kut, Chapchar Kut and Pawl Kut are the three major festivals in Mizoram all of which are in some way or the other connected with agricultural activities.

Mim Kut is celebrated in August-September in the wake of the harvesting of the maize crop. Dedicated to the memory of their dead relatives, the festival is underlined by a spirit of thanksgiving and remembrance of the years. First harvest is placed as an offering on a raised platform built to the memory of the dead.

Chapchar Kut, which is celebrated during spring time after the jhum cutting is over, is perhaps, the most joyous of the Mizo festivals. The season is ideal. The winter bows out yielding place to the spring which reinvigorates nature and brings a freshness to human life. The Mizos, irrespective of age and gender distinction, participate in the festival. Decked in colourful dresses, boys and girls go on a dancing spree which sometimes last all through the night.

Pawl kut, a post-harvesting festival, is celebrated during December-January. Again, a mood of thanksgiving is evident, because the difficult task of tilling and harvesting is over. Community feasts are organised and dances are performed. Mothers with their children sit on memorial platform and feed one another. This custom, which is also performed during Chapchar Kut, is known as Chhawnghnawt. Drinking of rice-beer is also part of the festival. These two days of festivities are followed by a day of complete rest when no one goes out to work.