The main function was held at the first Manipur Rifles parade ground here with different tribal ethnic communities performing dances, music and other traditional cultural programmes.
In his message, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh said the festival has a unique place in Manipur's traditional history and expressed hope that 'Kut' festival will bring communal harmony among various communities and will develop brotherly relations among different communities in the state.
Governor Gurbachan Jagat in his message said the festival reminded the people its rich history and would help bring peace in the state.
Official sources said the state government has declared today holiday to enable people participate in 'Kut' festival.
Reports from districts said the festival was celebrated at all the hill districts with villagers in traditional attire coming out to participate in the festival.