kut-festival-manipurKut is an autumn festival of the different tribes of Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur. The festival has also been variously described as Chavang-Kut or Khodou at different places amongst different tribes. It is a happy occasion for the villagers to celebrate their food stock after a year of hard labor. The festival is celebrated with a thanksgiving feast paired with songs and dances in honor of the giver of an abundant harvest. The people of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo community offer their thanks to the Lord for bestowing upon them a good harvest during the Kut festival.

This festival is observed on the 1st of November every year. During this time of the year, the whole harvested crop is gathered and the farmer jubilantly celebrates this in the accomplishment of his hard work throughout the year. Tourists and local visitors can get to know of the culture and can also savor the exotic tribal dishes during the Kut fiesta. The Kut festival is marked by merriment; food and fun during the Kut fest.

The festival in Kut is accompanied by traditional folk song and dance and the native tribes of Manipur indulge in merry making. The folk dance and music are performed to celebrate the special festive occasion of Kut. The festival in Kut relieves the people from the stress and strains of daily agriculture life. The festival also marks the use of traditional folk instruments. The folk dance and music reflects the unique cultural pattern and lifestyle of the tribes. The local tribes of Manipur clean and whitewash their houses to welcome the festival in their community.

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