Mizos practice what is known as Jhum Cultivation
. They slash down the jungle, burn the trunks and leaves and cultivate the land. All their other activities revolve around the jhum operations and their festivals are all connected with such agriculture operations.
Though mostly Christians, the hill people have kept alive their rich cultural heritage, colorful customs and lively traditions. Festivals and daces of the Mizos have a unique tribal flavor. Other than Christmas and New Year's Day, which are the most popular festivals, Mizos celebrate a number of traditional festivals (KUT). The Traditional Festivals celebrated most are
: Chapchar Kut
This spring festival is the most major festival, celebrated after the completion of their most difficult task of clearing the forest for 'jhum' cultivation. People of all ages, young and old, men and women, dressed in colorful costumes and head gears, gather and perform various folk dances, sing traditional songs, which is accompanied by the beating of drums, gongs and cymbals. Mim Kut
This Maize Festival is generally celebrated at the time of August and September, just after the harvest of Maize. Mim Kut is celebrated with great gaiety by drinking rice-beer, singing, dancing and feasting. Pawl Kut
This Harvest Festival is celebrated during the month of December to January, following the harvests are over. It is perhaps the greatest festival of Mizoram.