Missionary Day to commemorate the 127th anniversary of the
arrival of two Welsh missionaries in the state in 1894.
All government offices and some business
establishments remained closed as the administration declared
a public holiday.
Though worship service could not be held due to
COVID-19 restrictions, some people offered prayers at the
memorial stones of Welsh missionaries Reverend J H Lorrain and
F W Savidge, fondly called by Mizos as ''Pu Buanga'' and ''Sap
Upa'' respectively, at McDonald Hills in Aizawl.
The missionaries had set foot on the banks of Tlawng
River near Sairang village in the then Lushai Hills on January
Gradually, all Mizos converted to Christianity under
They created the Lushai (Mizo)-English dictionary and
established the Presbyterian Church in north Mizoram and
Baptist Church in the southern part of the state.
They also spread education by creating Mizo alphabets
using the Roman script.
The Baptist Church of Mizoram (BCM) began observing
Missionary Day from 1971 onwards, while the Presbyterian
Church, the largest denomination in the state, began observing
it from 1974. PTI COR