Pre-Christmas night celebration in Mizoram

Last Updated: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 17:52

Aizawl: Christmas, the most important and joyous festival for the Mizos after the advent of Christianity in this tiny hilly Indian north eastern state, has arrived here again from today with the celebration of `Urlawk Zan` or pre-Christmas night Saturday.
Christmas was being celebrated in all the villages and
localities of urban areas by the young and the old with carol
songs echoing the valleys and the hilltops.

Though a religious festival, the Christmas celebrations
were mixed with traditional community feasts and social
gatherings mainly by young people who organised group outings
and candle light dinners in restaurants or at homes.

Tomorrow, the Christmas day would witness prayer and
worship services everywhere in the houses of worship followed
by fellowships and singing of traditional Christmas songs
composed by Mizo composers in the typical Mizo tunes with
traditional drums as the only musical instruments.

Community feasts, an important tradition of the Mizos
during festivities even before Christian missionaries came
here, would be held on Monday which might continue for maybe
two or three days depending on the contributions of the
villagers.
Historians recorded that the first Christmas in Mizoram
soil was celebrated back in 1871, not by the Mizos but the
invading colonial British troops near Tuivai river on the
present Mizoram-Manipur border and the Mizo warriors attacked
the soldiers during celebrations.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 17:52

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