Saturday, March 5, 2016

Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl

Khuangchawi show by Zemabawk YMA branch, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl
'Chapchar Kut' is the biggest cultural festival in Mizoram. It is usually celebrated annually in the month of March. Our Mizo history books traced back the origin of "Chapchar Kut" at around 1450-1700 AD when our Mizo ancestors were living in a Suaipui village, most probably Lentlang area in Myanmar. The purpose of this festival is when the Mizo villagers finished their slashing of jungle for their agricultural field and left it to be dried for burning for almost two and half months. During this layoff period they could have leisure time as they were awaiting the new agricultural sites to be burnt out when it completely dried up, they could make use of that free time for the celebration of their spring festival called "Chapchar Kut" (Mizo - Kut is 'Festival'). If you want to know more details about Chapchar Kut please click this link: CHAPCHAR KUT DETAILS
Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl
I had been to outside Mizoram in the past decade, I could hardly had a chance to be seen live celebration of Chapchar Kut. In yesterday Chapchar Kut was held all over Mizoram, I was lucky to be taken part again in its main celebration that was held  in Assam Rifles Ground (Lammual), Aizawl. The participants were quite number and lively. The ground and galleries were also filled with joyous people dressing in their best Mizo traditional attire. The programme was mainly mixed cultural dances and songs items, but it was interesting. When I was taken picture from the front gallery I could felt that the festive mood overwhelmed from the participants and audience. My mind was also refreshing when I viewed the arena that was filled with  diverse colourful Mizo traditional dresses worn by each and everyone which I had not seen so many years in live. For the Mizo people Chapchar Kut will always remain an important cultural festival in future as well. If you want to know how to say greetings for this festival, say "Chapchar Kut Chibai" then people will smile you back with saying "Nang pawh le." If you want to see the exotic cultural festival in Mizoram, don't miss the 'Chapchar Kut' celebration.

The pictures that I have taken from Chapchar Kut 2016 are below:
Khuangchawi show by Zemabawk YMA branch, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo cultural dress, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Zorimawi by Govt. Mizo Higher Secondary School students, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo girls with traditional dress, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo old man with cultural dress, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo little girls with traditional attire, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo mother and child with traditional attire, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
PC Girls School performing Mizo Naupang pawn to, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo man with traditional attire, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram
Mizo men with traditional dress, Chapchar Kut 2016, Aizawl, Mizoram

3 comments:

Lily Ruth said...

Hi Zara, Nice post!
Whats the fabric of the Mizo men costume sewn of?

Thanks
Ruth, New Delhi

Lalzarzoa Zara Ralte said...

Lily Ruth: Mizo men costume shown herein are siapsuap it is made from twisted strands of cotton, or of grass, strips of leather, strands of bark fibre

Lily Ruth said...

Great to know that, very interesting!!
Thanks