By- Rachel Mathews
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." - James 1:17

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Mizoram is one of the 8 states of Northeast India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura), with Aizawl as its capital city. 

The name is derived from Mi (people), Zo (lofty place, such as a hill) and Ram (land), and thus Mizoram implies "land of the hill people".In the northeast, it is the southern most landlocked state sharing borders with three of the Seven, now with the addition of Sikkim, Eight sister states, namely Tripura, Assam, Manipur.

It is the second least populated state in India and stands second in the literate states after Kerala.







There are 5 major tribes in Mizoram - Lushei, Ralte, Hmar, Paihte, Pawi (or Poi).

Mizoram is one of three states of India with a Christian majority (87%).Its people belong to various denominations, mostly Presbyterian in its north and Baptists in south.







Rice is the staple food of Mizoram. According to a lot of people there are some must try dishes in Mizoram.

  • Bai- It mainly consists of Steamed vegetables, pork (optional), bamboo shoot and the local herbs.
  • Fried Bamboo Shoot- Bamboo is the second most loved and used ingredient in Eastern states. They use it to make curries, chutney, salad, etc
  • Paanch Phoron Torkari- This is kind of a mix veg with their authentic local ground spices and milk.
  • Misa Mach Poora- This is one of the greatest flavorful prawn dishes I have discovered with an amazing tangy taste. Could be eaten with steamed rice and of-course roti is recommended specially for North Indians.







The main languages used in Mizoram are Mizo, English and Hindi. Mizo is the oldest language used there. It originated from the Duhlian dialect, also known as the Lusei.







A percussion instrument Dar (Gong) is used with pride in Mizoram along with Khuang (drums).

Lengzem Zai are love songs. Puipun Hla are the songs used during festivals.







Cheraw is the folk dance of Mizoram, 6-8 people perform this dance form with bamboo staves.







  • Chapchar Kut Festival- The process of growing crops by first clearing the land of trees and vegetation and burning them thereafter. This is celebrated as Chapchar Kut Festival, on 02nd March.
  • Mim Kut Festival- Mim kut is an annual festival celebrated in the state of Mizoram. More than a festival it is a vibrant and colorful cultural fiesta that is celebrated with great fun and frolic. Mim Kut is basically a Maize Festival and is very important as far as the fairs and festivals of Mizoram are considered. It is usually celebrated during the months of August and September, after the harvest of maize.
  • Pawl Kut Festival- Essentially a straw harvest festival of 3 days, Pawl Kut is all about celebrating nature. The word Pawl means Straw thus, the very name of it suggests to be a festival dedicated to straw harvesting.

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