History of Chapchar Kut Festival
This festival began around the year 1450 -1600 A.D. in a village called Suaipui. Chapchar Kut was first revived in 1962 on a grand scale in Aizawl. But then it was discouraged for not adhering to Christian cultural practices like drinking of rice beer. However, it was continued in 1973 on a mass scale with sans animistic practice and cheraw dance.
Rituals of Chapchar Kut Festival
The festival continues for seven days. The third day is known as Kut day, followed by the day of zupui ni and followed by other days like Zuthingni and Ziapur ni. People of all ages assemble in their colourful costumes and distinctive head gears and jewelries. They perform folk dances; sing traditional songs that are accompanied by beating of drums, gongs and cymbals. Cheraw is performed during this festival. The other dances performed during this festival are Khuallam, Chheihlam, Chai and Sarlamkai. Exhibition takes place, where various handloom and handicraft products are sold. Food festivals, musical competitions and different traditional games are also organized during this festival.
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