Pawl means “Straw” hence pawl kut means a straw harvest festival. It is typically celebrated in December after harvest and an important festival, described as a “sort of harvest thanksgiving festival”. Rice beer (zu) is consumed.
It is one of the main festivals of the people of Mizoram.This is a post harvest festival. This is a festival observed in December- January for two days.The origin of Pawl Kut dates back to a period when people of Mizoram used to live near the River Tiau. Severe famine occurred for three continuous years. On the fourth year, there was a bumper crop. Thus people celebrate Pawl Kut as an act of thanksgiving to the Almighty for giving a bountiful harvest.
Meat and egg form a customary part of the feast for the festival. A ritual known as Chawnghnawt is observed during the festival. During Chawnghnawt ritual mother and her children are made to sit on a memorial platform constructed specially for the purpose of Pawl Kut. The mother feeds her children with meat and eggs, and her children in turn feed their mother with eggs and meat.