Chapchar Kut festival, the largest and the most popular festival of the Mizo people, was celebrated on March 6th across Mizoram.
Chapchar Kut is a popular spring festival celebrated by the Mizo people of Mizoram. It is a public holiday in the state. It is celebrated in early March, every year. It is one of the 3 festivals that marks the various stages of the agricultural cycle, the other two being Mim Kut and Pawl Kut.
The Chapchar Kut festival celebrates the completion of the jhum operations in the state. Jhumming or slash and burn agriculture is a cultivation technique used in woodland or forested terrains. It involves the cutting down of the vegetation and burning it to add nutrients to the soil as well as clearing the weeds. This area is then cultivated.
Cheraw dance is a traditional dance form of Mizoram. It is a traditional bamboo dance in which the male dancers clap the bamboo staves rhythmically while the female dancers dance between the beating staves by stepping in and out. It is one of the oldest dance forms in Mizoram.
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