Guwahati: Pawl Kut Festival, an important post harvest festival was organized by the Social Welfare Department at Lammual in Aizawl on Wednesday. The festival was graced by Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan. This was stated in an official press release.
Speaking at the inauguration of the festival, Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan congratulated the Social Welfare Department and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for their concrete efforts in organizing the festival, which he said is a unique initiative and an innovative concept undertaken by the State in promoting its rich culture and traditions.
Remarking about the need to preserve and promote one’s cultural and value system, he said people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture are like trees without roots.
He remarked further, that despite advancements and growth in all aspects of human life, we cannot replace our genetic and cultural traits, for these are what make us special and stand out.
But at the same time, sowing seeds of a peaceful symbiotic relationship with other cultures, countries, and communities are also an inherent part of our cultural value system that needs to be renewed and rejuvenated, he added.
Addressing the programme, Social Welfare Department Minister Dr K Beichua said since Pawl Kut is also a thanksgiving festival, ‘I thank the people of Mizoram for electing a new government’.
He also said that that the government will give its best for the all-round development of Mizoram and its people in all sectors. He further remarked that the festival, next year will be organized in a bigger scale.
The festival which was also graced by Social Welfare Department Minister Dr K Beichua has been funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
The Pawl Kut Festival is an important festival in Mizoram and is celebrated typically in December for 2 days after harvest. It is one of the main festivals of the people of Mizoram, being a post-harvest festival. The Festival gets its name from the word “Pawl” which means “Straw” hence pawl kut means a straw harvest festival.
Meat and egg form a customary part of the feast for the festival. A ritual known as Chawnghnawt is observed during the festival. During Chawnghnawt ritual mother and her children are made to sit on a memorial platform constructed specially for the purpose of Pawl Kut. The mother feeds her children with meat and eggs, and her children in turn feed their mother with eggs and meat