One of Manipur’s most popular events is the Kut festival, also known as Chavang Kut. The Kuki-Chin-Mizo tribes of Manipur celebrate Chavang Kut, which is celebrated with great fervour and excitement. The celebration is held to celebrate the end of the harvest season and to give thanks to the gods for a fruitful one. The festival is hence known as Chavang Kut, where Chavang stands for “autumn” and Kut for “harvest.” All of Manipur’s communities gather together during the festival to remember this incredible fiesta. The Kut celebration used to extend for several days in the past, and numerous rites were also performed. The village priest used to give out ju (rice beer) to the residents following the main rituals. Along with the sporting events and feasts, there was dancing and singing at the celebration.
A significant portion of these rituals is carried on for the current generation to remember their roots and to preserve and promote their traditional and cultural values. However, this lovely Manipuri celebration is now held on the first day of November. During this time, farmers gather their entire harvest and celebrate the success of a successful harvest.
Today’s Chavang Kut celebrations, however, have added features such as the Miss Kut Beauty Pageant to accommodate inclusive participation of all communities and ages, as well as to spread the message of women empowerment. This is one of the main attractions of this festival, which also has numerous performances by a variety of performers. The pageant is organised on a grand scale and is attended by numerous prominent figures from the state.