Chu Faat is a Folk Dance form of Sikkim. The literal meaning of “Chu” is “Snowy Range” and “Faat” is “Worship”. It is a group folk dance of Sikkim, performed in honour of Mount Kanchenjunga. Lepcha tribes people perform the Chu Faat Dance in the spirit of devotion.
The Chu Faat Dance is performed on the auspicious occasion of Pang Lhabsol, which is a celebration of gratitude. Mount Kanchenjunga is the highest peak in Sikkim. It is accompanied by the Mount Kabru, Mount Simbrum, Mount Pandim and Mount Narshing. The Lepchas worship these five mountains through their Chu Faat Dance form and thank them for providing with Minerals, Salt, Medicine, Food Grains and Sacred Text.
The Props used in the dance are Butter Lamps and Sheaves of Bamboo which symbolize mountains’ gifts. The dancers request the mountains to keep bestowing their blessings upon the land of Sikkim. The movement of the dancers are graceful, taking rounds with the Butter Lamps and Sheaves of green Bamboos. The dancers wear beautiful costumes and circle the stage during the dance performance.
Watch the Chu Faat Dance. Video Credit – WildFilmsIndia