The whole Mizoram celebrates New Year with great splendeur. Like most part of the world, fireworks and crackers used to be a part and parcel of this celebration. A complete change took place in 2009 when the government of Mizoram announced a complete ban on fireworks and crackers. The prohibition has been a complete success since then and now virtually not a sound of crackers nor fireworks can be heard during this time of the year.
Since majority of the population are Christian, most local chruches organize mid-night service. State-funded concerts are organized at different places in Aizawl and all the district headquarters in collaboration with the Young Mizo Association. Top singers and musicians participates in these concerts and entertain the people.
On New Year day, all local churches organise community feast in their respective localities. Every community members participate in the preparation of such grand feast and enjoy the delicacies served there. All big shops, government offices and markets remain closed on this day and the streets were devoid of vehicles.
At the end of February, when winter starts receding, the Mizos prepare the land for fresh planting. There are few days of relaxation before the serious business of sowing starts and that is when the Chapchar Kut festival is celebrated with gaiety and fervour.
A spring festival, this is the most important festival and the only one regularly observed during the first week of March in Mizoram. On this day people of all ages, young and old, men and women dressed in their colorful costumes and distinctive head gears and jewelries, assemble and perform various folk dances, singing traditional songs accompanied by beating of drums, songs and cymbals. They dance in joyous celebration of life, each team displaying the best of its region. These are generally group dances with a lot of bonhomie and courting woven into them. Some dances are strictly martial danced by strong virile warriors with their weapons and trophies. One dance perennially popular is the Cheraw or the "bamboo dance" so called as long bamboo staves are used for this dance. This is the most colourful and distinctive dance of the Mizos requiring skill and an alert mind to perform. The other main dances performed during Chapchar Kut are Khuallam, Chheihlam, Chai and Sarlamkai. "Khual lam" is an auspicious dance performed by a group of dancers celebrating new beginnings. It is also a welcome dance for guests during community festivities.
To attain a position of distinction, a Mizo had to go through a series of ceremonies and perform many feats of heroic deeds. These ceremonies are always accompanied by a feast and to this feast, friends from nearby villages are invited - hence, Khuallam is the dance for the visitors or guests. The "Chheih lam" is another community dance performed by both men and women. The war dance "Solakia", a prerogative of the male population of the community, is accompanied by rhythmic beating of the drums Exhibition and sale of indigenous Handloom and Handicraft products and other tourist attractions like flower show, food festival, musical competition and different traditional games are also organized during the Chapchar Kut festival.
About 30 kms to the West ,about an hour’s drive from Aizawl sprawls a prominent mountain on which Reiek village is located. This is one destination that one should not miss visiting. The mountain itself, though appearing to be of gentle slopes on its eastern side , has spectacular rocky cliffs notched with caves and caverns in an environment of luxuriant natural forest preserved since the days of the Mizo chiefs.
It is here that the colorful Festival , Anthurium Festival is celebrated in the state. It is a successful tourism promotion venture celebrated every year at the tourist resort in Reiek Village at the foothills of the mystic Reiek Mountain in September, every year as festival, amidst, nature during the peak season of the beautiful and exotic Anthurium blossom.
It is a three days extravaganza that showcase various culture and traditional activities.
Other attractions include music, dance, traditional games and sports, handloom, handicrafts and a re-invention of a Mizo typical Village. The festival also includes archery, rifle shooting, and angling competitions. Cultural display of traditional attires of different tribes are also a regular feature of the festival .
The festival is indeed an experience not to be missed. The enchanting and mystic Reiek Mountain is surrounded by thick lush green temperate trees and bushes that echoes with legends, folklore’s and feats won by Mizo chief , for whom Rei-ek Mountain was a hunting preserve. Against the backdrop of this picture perfect isle of nature preserved as gifted by mother nature, the most popular festival of Mizoram. The spontaneity and spirit of celebration that the festival evoke rejuvenates the mind and the body, so, take the opportunity to get away from the stress and monotony of your daily chores.
MIZORAM, Hidden Gem of The North East India Well Comes YOU to witness the amazing culture and tradition of the Mizos, the Anthurium Festival is a must attend.
Thalfavang Kut festival is considered as one of the most significant festivals in Mizoram. Completion of weeding of the crop fields to make them suitable for harvesting activities is a primary farming operation of the cultivators of Mizoram. Thalfavang Kut is celebrated at a time when this weeding of the farm lands in Mizoram is completed by the cultivators.
Since cultivation is the prime source of socio-economic survival of the people of Mizoram hence most of the festivals are associated with some or other harvesting processes. Thalfavang Kut is one such occasion when the local inhabitants of Mizoram are involved in a wide array of festive activities.
The tribal groups living in all corners of Mizoram participate in various cultural events that are organized during the Thalfavang Kut festival. With vibrant shades of dance costumes the local people of Mizoram present an awe-inspiring range of performances to celebrate Thalfavang Kut.
The entire region of Mizoram becomes a vibrant platform of enjoyment and enthusiasm when Thalfavang Kut is celebrated in the place. With sumptuous feasts the Mizoram people engross completely in the festive spirit of Thalfavang Kut.
Another interesting trait of the festival of Thalfavang Kut is that it provides a scope to the tribal communities living in the far flung corners of Mizoram to represent their inherent cultural characteristics. Otherwise inhabiting remotely approachable places, the different tribes and sub-tribes of Mizoram get a pulsating base during the Thalfavang Kut festival where their talents are viewed by other people.
In a way, Thalfavang Kut is not only a festival but also an opportunity to showcase the hidden cultural traits of the tribes of Mizoram.
Christmas in Mizoram is regarded as one of the biggest celebrations of the place. Held from the 24th to 26th of December, Christmas is followed in Mizoram for three whole days. Since the majority of the Mizoram population belongs to the Christian faith, Christmas festival is followed in the place with much fanfare.
From 24th December itself the celebrations of Christmas start in Mizoram. Every household of Mizoram becomes a part of the festive mood during the three days of Christmas festival. While on the first day of Christmas, people of Mizoram get ready for the final celebration, the second day that is on 25th December inhabitants gather in the local church.
Since 25th December is the prime day of Christmas celebration hence on this day people from various corners of Mizoram come to visit the main church of the place. Kids play around the Christmas tree in the evening hours while elder people sit and chat with their share of cakes and snacks. Apart from exchanging wishes, the people of Mizoram also visit the places of their relatives on this day.
On 26th of December the people of Mizoram enjoy the delicacies of a sumptuous feast. Various tribal communities and even sub-tribes participate in this famous feast of Mizoram on the last day of the Christmas festival.
The influence of Christianity in Mizoram was initiated in the nineteenth century when the British missionaries came to the region. Ever since its inception the faith of Christianity has inspired the living style and social customs of the Mizoram people. Today, Christianity is the widely practiced religion of Mizoram. As a symbol of this widely acknowledged acceptance of the faith Christmas is celebrated as one of the prime festivals in Mizoram.
Christmas in Mizoram is an ideal manifestation of the rich heritage of the Christian faith in the place.