Mizoram Tourism and festival
Cloudy day taken on 2004 Aizawl, located at nearly 4,000 ft. above sea level, is a religious and cultural centre of Mizoram. Champhai is a beautiful resort on the Myanmar border. Tam Dil, a natural lake with virgin forests, is 80 km from Aizawl and 10 km from Tourist Resort of Saitual. Vantawng Falls, 5 km from the town of Thenzawl, is the highest and most beautiful waterfall in Mizoram. The department of Tourism has opened Tourist Lodges in all the bigger towns all over the State, and Highway Restaurants and Travellers' Inns in other townships. There is also a Recreational Centre at Beraw Tlang, Aizawl and Alpine Picnic Hut at District Park near Zobawk.
Total road length in the State is 5,982.25 km (BRO & State PWD). Rail link in the state has been established at Bairabi. Aizawl is connected by air. In order to have a better connectivity, the Government has undertaken the Mizoram State Roads Projects with a total cost of Rs.350 crore under funds provided by the World Bank. Connectivity under PMGSY covering a total length of 2,421 km connecting 384 villages of Mizoram is making steady progress.
Mizos practise what is known as Jhum cultivation. They slash down the jungle, burn the trunks and leaves and cultivate land. All their other activites revolve around the Jhum operation and their festivals are all connected with such agricultural operation.
Mim Kut or Maize Festivals is usually celebrated during the month of August and September, after the harvest of Maize. Mim kut iscelebrated with great fanfare by drinking rice-beer, singing ,dancing and feasting. Samples of the year's havests are consecrated to the departed souls of the community.
Chaphar Kut is another festival celebrated during March after completion of theri most arduous task of Jhum operation i.e., Jungle-clearing.This is a spring festival celebrated with great fervour and gaiety.
Pawl Kut is harvest Festival-celebrated during December the harvest are over. It is perhaps the greatest festival.
Mizos are fast giving up their old customs and adopting the new mode of life which is greatly influenced by the western pattern of life. Music is a passion for the Mizos and the young boys and girls to take the western musicís avidly and with commendable skill. The fascinating hills and lakes of Mizoland literally pulsate and resound with the rhythm of the sonorous songs of the youths and the twang of guitars everywhere.
Cheraw: The most colourful and distinctive dance of the Mizo is called Cheraw. Long bamboo staves are used for this dance, therefore, many people call it Bamboo Dance. Originally, the dance was performed to wish a safe passege and victorious entry into the adobe of the deadcalled Pialral for the soul aof a mother, who died at childbirth. Cheraw is a dance of skill and alert minds.
Khuallam: This is a dance performed by a group of dancers, the more the merrier, in colourful profiles to the tune of gongs and drums. Originally it was a dance performed by honoured invitees while entering into the arena where community feast was held. To attain a position of distinction, a Mizo had to go through a series of ceremonies are always accompanied by a feast where friends from nearby villages are invited-hence, Khuallam is the dance for the visitors or guests.
Chheih Lam: It is the dance over a round of rice-beer in the cool of the evening. The lyrics in triplets are normally fresh and spontaneous on-the-spot compositons, recounting their heroic deeds and scapades and also praising the honoured guests present in their midst.
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