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Chavang Kut celebrated in NC Hills
 HAFLONG, Nov 9 – The people belonging to the Kuki community celebrated the Chavang Kut here in NC Hills with traditional fervour and grandeur recently in several villages inhabited by the Kuki people. The Chavang Kut is the major festival of the Chin-Kuki community all over the world. This festival is celebrated especially in Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Chin state in Myanmar, Delhi and Shillong.

This festival is celebrated after most of the harvest activities are over. The villagers show their gratitude to the Lord, who permits them strength and long life and all the good things. They sing and dance praising the Lord. In this festival, folk songs are sung with traditional dances. During the observance of the festival, people try to show their expertise in playing Goshem, Selki, Phit, Dahpi, the traditional musical instruments. With urbanisation, they now organise not only the traditional items but also fashion show competitions like Mr and Miss Kut. Apart from this, they also organise traditional games and sports. Though the advent of modernisation has cast impact on traditional customs in some urban areas, but in villages, these traditional things are still in practice with some modification.

Apart from the villages like Molnom, Nomjang Changpijang, at Purana Leikul, a village situated 48 km from Haflong on Mahur-Laisong Road, in nature’s lap, Chavang Kut was celebrated in the presence of thousands of people.

During the festival, traditional dances like Sagol Pheikhai, Selpang Lam, Lomlam, Jancha Lam, Vacol Lam, Pheiphit Lam, Salu Lam, Gal Lam, Suhta Lam, Molkang Lam, (stick dance) Khul Lam were performed to the accompaniment of musical instruments like Gosem, Sumkon, Phei-phit, Khong, Dahpi, Dahbu, Selki, Lhemlhei, Theile etc. Though the Cavang Kut is considered to be the major festival, other festivals like Chapphou Kut, Mim kut and Lholhum Kut also deserve mention.