The capital of Aizawl is a wonder in itself, with lights that illuminate the hills and valleys every night, making it look like a giant Christmas tree. However, during the holiday season, it becomes even brighter and happier.
The government plans a prize for the best decorated locality and the young people volunteer together to decorate the squares. Local squares are lit up with a unique theme each year, sometimes angels watching over the streets and sometimes Christmas bells hanging in the sky. With the decorations suspended for two years in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic, the streets are bright with lights and joy this year.
EastMojo spoke to Lalremruata Chhangte, the organizer of this year’s Christmas decorations in Tuikhahtlang locality, which is the most visited locality every year because of the attractive decorations, “The youth came together and volunteered for a few hours every day for about three week. We discussed the design in advance but improvised on the spot with available materials and space. All our efforts are worth it when we see the happy faces of people smiling as they pose near the decorations,” he said.
The decorations in Tuikhuahtlang are made using recycled materials to minimize the cost and ensure an environmentally friendly design. The top 20 localities with the best decorations will receive Rs 50,000 each from the Aizawl Municipal Council.
The most ‘bright’ cemeteries
It’s not just the streets that light up during Christmas in Aizawl, a visit to the local cemeteries presents a unique sight. Every year, bereaved families like to visit the cemetery and decorate the graves of their loved ones with wreaths and bouquets during Christmas. East Mojo spoke to Thanmawii and V Mankunga from Dawrpui locality, who have visited and decorated their daughter’s grave every year for the past twenty years.
Eighty-year-old Thanmawii said that she would not miss a year of decorating, “Decorating my daughter’s grave is a way to show that she is still loved and we remember her in this time of festivity and cheer. Even though the years have passed, we continue to wish that he was with us and he still lives in our hearts. That’s why we decorated his grave because it’s the only thing we can do for him now.
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While the sights are important, good food is the highlight of any trip. Mizoram is a haven for those who love various versions and variations of Chinese cuisine. On every street corner, you will find noodles and momos prepared in the local style with minimal masala or oil. Bakeries full of Christmas cakes and gifts can also be found in abundance.
However, if you want to taste like a local, visit the main market area of Dawrpui Bara Bazar and go to one of the local eateries that will have two to three tables with a limited but delicious menu of paratha and chhangban (Mizo sticky rice) combinations. and chow sa tui leih (boiled noodles flavored with curry).
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