Aizawl, March 4: Chapchar Kut, the most important traditional festival of the Mizos was observed across Mizoram today with the grand celebration being held at the Assam Rifles ground here in the capital.
Home Minister R. Lalzirliana was the ‘Kut Pa’ or father of the festival while Art and Culture Minister R. Romawia was the ‘host’ of the event. Mizoram Legislative Assembly Speaker Hiphei, MLA and several officers were also present on the occasion of Chapchar Kut celebration at AR ground.
Addressing the grand celebration of Chapchar Kut in the state capital, the Kut Pa and Home Minister R. Lalzirliana greeted all Zo descendants across the world.
He urged the new generations to celebrate Chapchar Kut as an opportunity for promoting unity and brotherhood among the Mizos as had been done by their forefathers.
While emphasizing the need for unity, the Kut Pa urged the bureaucrats and leaders to lead the state with strong unity. “Shall not we lead the Mizo nation with strong unity and understanding among us,” he questioned.
He said that though the development of nationalism has become increasing prominent among the young generations, it should not be considered as a mean to hate other communities.
He added that economic development is in fact more important than what is being considered nationalism, to develop the state. “The only possible way for Mizoram to prosper in the next future is to become a self-reliant by nurturing best generic neurontin brotherhood and unity,” he said. He also urged the people to respect and adhere to traditional practice of selfless service and respect of elders.
The host R. Romawia also greeted the people on the big occasion. He urged the people to take initiative for the popularization of Chapchar Kut globally and utilize it as an exposition for Mizo culture.
Central YMA President Pu Lalbiakzuala who spoke on the occasion also urged all Mizo tribes to not develop ethnic feeling and alienate themselves from the Mizo nation but live in harmony.
He wished that Chapchar Kut could bring unity and peace among all Zo descendants and added that one should not feel shy of one’s culture but should instead promote it.
The celebration of Chapchar Kut was marked with gaiety as exuberant dancers, dressed in traditional attire, danced to the tune of typical music and songs while popular Mizo dances including Cheraw (bamboo dance), Sarlamkai, Chheihlam and Khuallam were performed by different cultural troupes from 84 YMA branches in the capital.
Well-known singers and pop groups also performed in different places where the Kut was celebrated including the Assam Rifles ground in Aizawl, the main place of the Kut celebrations.
Traditional costume parade, exhibit of Mizo dresses through the years was also held.
Chapchar Kut was also celebrated in all the district headquarters and many villages.