Among the oldest festivals celebrated in Mizoram is the famous Chapchar Kut. This harvest festival, with high cultural importance, is celebrated every year in the month of March. Dressed up in traditional attire, different tribal communities compete with each other in dance and music.
Date: 1st – 7th March
About the Festival
At the end of February, Mizos start preparing their land for fresh plantation. There are some days of relaxation before the tiring work of sowing starts. That is when the Chapchar Kut Festival is celebrated with great fervour and joy.
On the day of the festival, men and women dressed in traditional costumes and unique head gears, assemble and perform dances accompanied by beating of gongs, drums and cymbals. A team of different groups give their best performances to celebrate life. Also, there are dances by strong virile warriors showcasing their trophies and weapons.
Among the most popular dances is the Cheraw or the “bamboo dance”. Proper skill set and an alert mind is needed to perform this art form. The other main dances performed during this festival are Khuallam, Chheihlam, Chai and Sarlamkai.
How to Reach
By Air: Lengpui Airport is around 1-hour drive from the capital city Aizawl. A number of direct flights connect this airport to other metropolitan cities.Book Flights
By Rail: Nearest Railhead is in Silchar, which is about 6 hours drive from Aizawl.
By Road: NH-54 connects Aizawl with the rest of the country through Silchar. Buses and taxis are available from Silchar to Aizawl (6-8 hours).
Isn’t it the best time to visit Mizoram and get an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the state?