Agartala: As part of the cultural integration among the northeastern states, Mizoram’s biggest festival “Chapchar Kut” was celebrated in Tripura on Saturday.
The most popular spring festival of Mizos, “Chapchar Kut” is celebrated in Mizoram every year in March. Chief Minister attended the two-three day festivities during “Kut Pa” (father of the festival).
Mizos in Tripura with financial and logistical support from the Tripura government’s Tourism and Tribal Welfare Departments are organizing the day-long festival in northern Tripura’s Jampui hills adjoining Mizoram.
Tripura wing of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), the most influential youth body of Mizoram, is also the key partner of the colorful festival.
Tripura government’s Information Cultural Affairs Department’s Senior Information Officer Chandan Sarkar told IANS that since last year, the mega “Chapchar Kut” festival is being held in Tripura to promote ethnic and cultural unity among the two neighboring northeastern states.
Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate Chandni Chandran graced the Saturday’s “Chapchar Kut” festival event, which was organized at Mizo dominated Sabual areas, as chief guest.
Thousands of people, comprising tribals and non-tribals, took part in the carnival, where Mizo youths and girls displayed their artistic skills and traditions.
The gaiety and fervor of “Chapchar Kut”, the biggest among the festival of Mizos and Mizoram, shines through with plenty of mass dancing and music to keep everyone in good spirits. “Chapchar Kut” is a spring festival celebrated usually in March after completion of the most arduous task of “Jhum” farming (slash and burn method of cultivation).
According to historians, “Chapchar Kut” is said to have originated 1450-1700 AD in a village called Suaipui in Mizoram. When Christianity came to Mizoram in the late 1890s, they discouraged the festival citing it detrimental to Christian values. However, it was revived in 1973 on a mass scale against animistic practices and alcohol. (IANS)