Kut Festival of Manipur
Kut Festival is the premiere festival of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur. Also known as the “Chavang Kut”, it is one of the main festivals of Manipur and is celebrated with great fervor and zest. It is celebrated every year on November 1 throughout the state with a main event at 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles.
Kut Festival is an autumn festival and marks the ending if the harvest season. It is also a thanksgiving and prayers are offered for a bountiful harvest season and prosperity of the people. A display and performance of rich cultural traditions and merrymaking form a vital part of the Kut celebrations. One of the main highlights of the Kut Festival is the Miss Kut, a beauty pageant, organized every year during this festival at the 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles parade ground. Kut is a festival of merrymaking and people come together to feast, drink, sing, and dance. It is a celebration of life as such.
Kut festival is of great significance as it highlights the cultural heritage of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups and also a platform to harness peace and harmony among the diverse ethnic communities of the state. Kut Festival has slowly evolved as a way of garnering peace, communal harmony, friendship, and forging new ties.
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