Experience the Spirit of Christmas
Make it Happen !
The euphoria of being in the rhapsodic capital of Mizoram—Aizawl is something worth experiencing during Christmas. Christmas is celebrated across India in different ways but one need to visit the tranquil hills of Mizoram to experience the spirit of Christmas in a way that is unique to itself. Mizoram is one of the most beautiful states in North-East India and visiting this state during Christmas is a cherry-on -the -cake. A sight of the glittering capital city—Aizawl, makes you feel elated the moment you reach there.
Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations in Mizoram and if you are at the capital city, you will have a big chunk of the cake. Since Christianity is pre-dominant in Mizoram, Christmas is celebrated with a lot of ostentation. The city of Aizawl is decorated beautifully during Christmas. A lot of art work, lighting and creativity are used to depict scenes from the Bible. Preparations to light-up and decorate the city begin at the advent of winter.
Christmas is a three-day celebration in Mizoram. The celebration starts on 24th December. Every household gets ready for the “big-day”. Churches across the state have mass prayers. Celebrations are held through-out the month of December. Feasts are conducted in almost all the churches and the hospitality of the Mizo people is best experienced during Christmas. The local people organize feasts for everyone and on a specific day, people from other religious beliefs are invited to share the joy of Christmas.
The unique way of celebrating Christmas in Mizoram helps people from all sections of the society to come together and celebrate the occasion, which eventually brings them closer to each other. 25th December is the main day for Christmas and people mostly visit the Church and each others house on that particular day. Everyone exchange wishes and the occasion is generally marked by people visiting their relatives and having a get-together.
Rock concerts are held across the state thorough-out the month of December. Music and singing has always been an integral part of the Mizo culture. Apart from singing and dancing, a lot of social work is done during this time. People donate money, food, clothes etc, for the poor and the needy.
Cheraw dance or the Bamboo Dance is very famous across the nation. Cheraw dance is recognized as one of the oldest dances of Mizoram and has become an integral part of almost every festival in Mizoram.
Places to Visit in Mizoram
1) Aizawl City: Situated at about 1132 meters, Aizawl is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. If Shillong is hailed as “Scotland of the east”, Aizawl seems no less. Hailed as one of the most beautiful capital cities in India, Aizawl is a must visit for travellers looking to explore North-East India.
2) Rih-dil Lake: The Rih-dil Lake is held sacred in the Mizo culture. The heart-shaped serene lake is located in Chin State (Burma); 3 kilometres from Zokhawthar (India border). There is a common saying in Mizoram that, “Rih-dil lake is the largest lake in Mizoram, but is situated in Burma”
3) Reiek: Reiek is located on the out skirts of Aizawl city. A 10kms drive from Aizawl city takes you to Reiek, a beautiful mountain top with spectacular rocky cliffs, caves and natural forest. The location of Reiek makes it a very popular place for tourists. If one goes to Mizoram, visiting Reiek must be there on the cards.
How to reach Mizoram?
Mizoram is served by Lengpui Airport and the easiest way to reach Mizoram is to take a flight from Kolkata or Guwahati. Aizawl has multiple flights from Kolkata and Guwahati on a daily basis. People travelling to Mizoram needs to make the Inner Line Permit (ILP), which is made instantly in the airport. The capital city-Aizawl is located at a distance of around 30 kms from the city and cabs are available to give you a comfortable ride to the city. Aizawl is also connected to Assam by road. One could take a 6 hours drive from Silchar (Assam) by NH-54 to reach Aizawl.