Kut festival kicks off at Kangpokpi
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 31, 2018: Amid greetings from state leaders and ministers the state level ‘ChavangKut’ featival, the post-harvest festival of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribe, was today kicked off at Kangpokpi district in presence of minister, social welfare and corporation, NemchaKipgen opened this year’s “KUT 2018” with the pounding of the traditional gong at Brig. Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi amidst a large gathering.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh will be joining the festival tomorrow.
In his greetings the chief minister said let Kut festival spread the message of love, peace, compassion and forgiveness among the people of Manipur. “I am confident that the celebration of the festival in its true spirit will help in ensuring peaceful co-existence among all ethnic groups of the state”, he added.
Governor Najma Heptulla in her Kut greetings said, “Let us forget all differences and work together to usher in peaceful and prosperous Manipur and also strengthen the age old glorious tradition of peaceful co-existence among communities in the state.”
The festival at the state level unlike its earlier editions normally celebrated on November 1, is being celebrated for two days this year with a view to incorporate various sports and cultural competitions, where people from different parts of the district as well as across the state could take part and show their talent, while making the festival more grandeur.
Addressing to the public on the occasion, NemchaKipgen stated Kut is a very old festival of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribe, which has been celebrated by our forefathers since time immemorial. She expressed her pleasure on the celebration of the festival for the first time in Kangpokpi after it got a ‘District’ tag. The minister, who herself belongs to the district, appealed the people of the district to unite and work beyond ethnic line for the development of the district. While appealing the people to encourage themselvesto excel in every field, Nemcha urged them to give main priority to education. The minister further stated that even though Kut belongs to the Chin-Kuki-Mizotribe, the festival belongs to all communities of the state.
Besides various cultural performances, the main attraction of the festival “Miss Kut 2018” will also take place at the same ground.