Nemcha kick starts Kut Festival at Kangpokpi
IMPHAL, 31st Oct: Raising the curtain of the State Level Kut Festival, 2018, which is to be celebrated in Kangpokpi district for the first time after it attained districthood, social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen has called upon the youth to contribute their mite in bringing development in the new district.
Reformation of youth towards education is necessary for speedy development of Kangpokpi, she said in her speech as chief guest during the curtain raiser function held Wednesday at Brig Thomas ground, Kangpokpi town.
The Kut festival, which is post-harvest celebration of Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribe, kicked off with the pounding of the traditional gong by Nemcha in the presence of a large gathering.
In a change from the past wherein the festival used to be celebrated for only on November 1, Kut-2018 is being held for two days with a view to incorporate various sports and cultural competitions, where people from different parts of the district as well as from across the state could take part and show their talent, while making the festival more grandeur.
Addressing the gathering, Nemcha, while stating that Kut is festival is being celebrated since time immemorial, expressed immense pleasure over celebration of the festival for the first time in Kangpokpi after it was granted district status. The Minister, who represents Kangpokpi AC in the state assembly, appealed to the people to unite and work beyond ethnic lines for the development of the district.
While appealing to the people, the youngsters in particular, to strive for excelling in every field, Nemcha also urged them to accord priority to education.
She further stated that even though Kut is a post-harvest celebration of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribe, the festival belongs to all communities of the state.
Highlighting that the festival represents the cultural identity of Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribe and serves as an opportunity to be thankful to the Almighty for the bountiful harvest, she expressed confidence that that peace, love and unity will prevail among the different communities with celebration of the festival. According to Local Kut Committee chairman Haokholal Hangshing, limiting celebration of Kut to only one day is not sufficient to hold indigenous games, competition and customary practices.
As Kut-2018 will be a two-day event it will be more convenient for the public to join the celebration and take part in competitions of their choice, he added.
Haakholal, who is also the SH-ADC chairman, urged all to come together and take part in the festival so as to harness peace and harmony among the diverse ethnic communities and evolve a way to promote peace, communal harmony, friendship and forge new ties.
Speaking on the occasion, Kangpokpi district’s deputy commissioner Dr Rangitabali Waikhom reflected on the significance and importance of the festival as an opportunity to harness love, peace, harmony and good ties amongst the different ethnic communities of the state. Among others, the opening ceremony was also attended by SH-ADC vice chairman Thangkam Misao, SLK Local Committee vice chairman Lunthang Haokip, SP (Kangpokpi) Hemant Pandey, officials and staff of the district administration.
Besides, cultural programmes, the grand finale of the festival on Thursday will be the Miss Kut competition at the same venue.