Chapchur Kut is a spring festival celebrated in the North-eastern state of the country, Mizoram. Celebrated in Spring, it is the state's most important traditional holiday and is conducted with much fanfare.
Mizoram observes Chapchur Kut as a public holiday on 4 March 2022. This spring festival is the largest and most well-known in the Mizo calendar.
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Traditions of Chapchur Kut
Chapchur Kut starts with Kut Puipate, which is an inauguration ceremony arranged by the Katna, where the dance groups present their folk dance in the stadium. When the Then Hnihna begins, senior people of the society dress up in traditional garb, representing the tribes of the state, and participate in a parade known as the Kut rore.
This is then followed by several tribal dances, among which is the Cheraw, also known as the bamboo dance. The occasion concludes with the Then Thumna, where local singers perform classic popular melodies, accompanied by a cheering throng.
To mark the beginning of farming, farmers cut bamboo trees and clear the area for seasonal farming or jhum cultivation. This is the time of year when they wait for the chopped bamboo heaps to dry out in the sun before burning them, a farming practice known as Chapchar.
During the festival, Mizos wear vibrant traditional clothes and hats that are made from parrot feathers and beads. They do not wear shoes in Chapchur Kut. In the dance program, only women engage in a traditional bamboo dance, while the bamboos are beaten against each other by men who sit on the ground.
Each village develops its own style of celebration based on its time, dialect, and spirit. Chapchur Kut is celebrated for four to five days. Chapchur Kut is organized on Assam Rifles ground in Lammual, where about 15,000 Mizo performers participate in Chai, which is the last dance of the festival.
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