|December 1, 2010|
Manipur celebrates Kut Harvest Festival with gusto
Imphal (Manipur): The Kuki-Chin and Mizo tribes of Manipur recently celebrated ‘Chavang-Kut’, the autumn post harvest festival with great enthusiasm and gaiety. The 29 tribes of
Manipur celebrate a number of traditional festivals, and the Chavang-Kut festival
is one among them. It is a festival held in gratitude to the Almighty for giving
a bountiful harvest. It is marked with songs and dances. This year’s Kut festival
was held at the Manipur Rifles Ground in Imphal in the presence of state dignitaries
and people of different communities. The festival is celebrated throughout the
state “The Kut is a festival of the Kuki tribe. But in recent times there has
been a visible change. It is now celebrated throughout the state. The rich culture
of the tribes is highlighted through this festival,” said Tongam, a member of
the Tarao Tribe. Organized by the state level Kut committee, the main attraction
of the festival was the Miss Kut 2010 beauty pageant contest. Participants, from
different communities, were dressed in their best ethnic attires during the contest.
Divya Chingtham, a Meitei was crowned this year’s Miss Kut, while Kimkhanthem
Haokip, a Kuki took the first runner-up title. The Khuraijam Rajeshwori was the
second runner-up. Cultural programmes and musical programs added zing to the celebrations.
“I want to share my prize with orphans. As the Miss Kut title winner, I would
like to give some of the money that I won to orphans and I also want to share
my love and happiness with the children,” said Divya Chingtham, Miss Kut 2010.
Such festivities highlight the vibrant colors of the region as well as the strong
bonds and good relationship that exist between different tribes in the state.
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