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Feasts in Mizoram

There are several feasts celebrated by the Lakher Tribe in Mizoram. The feasts are collectively known as 'Khangchie' and they are celebrated in a particular order. 'Phidong' is the first feast, in which pork along with sahma (rice beer) would be shared with the invited friends. The feast called 'Vothawthi' would be given three months after 'Phidong.' In the feast of 'Vothawthi,' a pig would be killed in the evening of the feast day and shared with the invited friends and relatives. It extends to the next day and there would be songs and dances performed by the youngsters. The third feast is 'Vori,' in which a sow would be sacrificed. It would be over in one night and clansmen would participate. 'Seichong' is the fourth feast in which a mithun calf would be sacrificed after sunset. It would extend to 2-3 days. 'Beibei,' which extends to a week, follows the 'Seichong.' Two bull mithuns and three pigs are killed in the feast.

'Chakei' is the celebration when any one in the village killed a tiger. Only men are permitted to participate in the feast. The feast would extend to two days in which a boar would be killed on the first day and bull mithun and another pig on the second day. The men would dance around the head of the killed tiger and only then the feast begins. The feast series concludes with the 'Khangchei.' It would start with sacrificing a cow mithun and would last for three days.

Updated on 9th December, 2005


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