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The 9th State Level Mim-Kut (Mini Hornbill) Festival

By EMN Updated: Jan 15, 2023 10:41 pm

Nagaland is well known for the many colorful and distinctive festivals that are held throughout the year due to its rich tribal culture. The state is home to several tribes, each of which contributes to the state’s diversity and cultural legacy. The state’s tribes and sub-tribes each have a unique method for preserving their cultural traditions and customs, including a variety of performance arts that are central to Naga Hornbill celebrations. The numerous festivals held throughout the state allow visitors to witness the state’s flamboyant diversity.

After the successful harvest of the last crop of the season, the Kukis celebrate Mim-kut, a post-harvest feast. A type of food grain called ‘Mim’ is also referred to as ‘Job’s tears,’ and the festival of ‘Kut’ is observed to give thanks for the wonderful harvest of the previous year and to please the deity in anticipation of a bountiful harvest the following year. Mim-kut is best thought of as a post-harvest festival of the Kuki’s because Mim is typically sown at the beginning of May and harvested at the end of December. Mim, is no longer grown, although back in the day it was the last crop to be gathered, signifying the conclusion of the year’s labour.

The three-day celebration will feature a variety of folk dances to be performed by cultural troupes from various villages, traditional games and sports, the display of traditional traps, exhibition stalls, a cultural competition, a Kuki ethnic fashion show, traditional rituals, the eagerly anticipated Miss Kut contest, and many other exciting events. The celebration-setting events are therefore accompanied by dance performancesand captivating music. In addition to this, the various contests, fairs, and concerts that make up the festival also uplift the mood. The Kuki community, both young and old, assembled at the village square in unison while dressed in traditional garb. The entire purpose of the celebration is to transmit a spirit of deep traditional ties to the next generation. The three-day festival showcases the unique culture of the Kuki people of Nagaland. The major goal of Mim-Kut is to express gratitude and satisfaction to the ‘Chung Pathen’ deity for his blessings received during the year’s labor and to ask him for more of the same in the upcoming year.

Douminlal Kipgen

By EMN Updated: Jan 15, 2023 10:41:14 pm