Essentially a straw harvest festival, Pawl Kut is all about celebrating nature. The word Pawl means ‘Straw’ thus, the very name of this festival translates into a straw harvest festival. It is typically celebrated for a period of two days.
There is even a story behind the celebration of Pawl Kut festival in India. According to the story, it is believed that there was a great famine around 1450 AD which continued for a period of three years till 1700 AD. And in those three years, there was no major crop production which led to extreme poverty. It was only until the fourth year that there was a bumper crop because of good rainfall.
People took it as a sign of omen and blessing of Rain God and started celebrating Pawl Kut as a thanksgiving festival. Since then the local people started celebrating the festival in honour of the deities who had acknowledged their requests and showered them with rainfall when they needed it the most.
The festival of Pawl Kut in Mizoram is all about celebrating bliss and marking a new beginning in life. During the day of this festival, it is customary for everyone to eat meat and eggs. Even the poorest of the people would kill at least a fowl for their household to eat and relish upon. A ritual called Chawnghnawt is also performed as per which, the mother and her children typically sit on a monumental platform, and the mother feeds her children with eggs and meat after which, the children do the same for their mother. The main purpose of this ritual is to cherish family love and bonding.
Fun activities, dancing events, and singing events are organized by the locals in which both men and women participate with great zeal. The day ahead of the festivities is used just for the preparation. Every male member of the family goes on the hunt in order to collect the meat. During the occasion, people also donate food among the poor which is one of the customs of this festival.
Aizawl, Mizoram is quite an interesting travel getaway to explore. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru you will need to cover an approximate distance of around 2,360 km, 3,198 km, 1,472 km, and 3,337 km respectively. You can reach here via the following routes.
By Air. The best option to reach Aizawl by air is to take a flight to Aizawl Lengui Airport (AJL). It is a must-know fact that this airport was constructed in a record time of 2 years and 2 months in 1998. It has good connectivity with other places like Kolkata, Guwahati, and Imphal. Various airlines like Go Air, Air India operate to and fro Aizawl on a fairly regular basis. From the city centre, the airport is located at an approximate distance of 32 km. So, after you deboard at the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance via a cab or a bus.
By Road. Traveling to Aizawl via road can be considered as well. From Agartala, you will need to cover a total distance of 314 km via NH8 and NH108. From Shillong, you will need to cover 362 km via NH6. From Siliguri, you will need to cover a total distance of about 915 km via NH6. Apart from travelling via your own vehicle, you can also consider travelling via interstate buses to reach Aizwal.
By Train. The nearest train station to reach Aizawl is the Silchar Railway Station. It is located at a distance of around 173 km. This particular railway station falls under the administration of Northeast Frontier Railway Zone and has three stations. Trains operate to and fro from many Indian cities to Silchar like Guwahati, From Guwahati, you will need to board Aronai Express via Guwahati Railway Station, from Patna you will need to board NDLS SCL PSK Express via Patliputra station.
After you deboard at the Silchar Railway Station, you would need to cover the remaining distance via some means of public transportation like a cab or a bus to reach your respective destination.
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14 November 2019 - 15 November 2019
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