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Hornbill : The “Festival of Festivals”

“Hornbill” the largest celebration of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland is truly becoming the “Festival of Festivals” in India. The festival is named after the large and colourful forest bird Hornbill that is omnipresent in the Naga folklores.This festival usually takes place between the 1st to the 10th of December every year at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima.

Thevarious Naga tribes like Angami, Sumi, Garo, Lotha, Konyak, Kuki, Phom, Chang, Dimasa, Yimchunger, Pochuryetctake part in the festival and demonstrate their traditional folklores, dances, indigenous sports and songs.

Hornbill festival is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Department to showcase the cultural heritage of Nagaland under one roof.The reason behind organising the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland is to revive the indigenous culture and continue the prosperity of the heritage and traditions of the Nagas, through cultural restoration and extravagance.

The Hornbill Festival provides a colourful mixture of tribal dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, indigenous sports, musical concerts and religious ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Another attraction of the Hornbill Festival is Naga cuisine, which is a hot favourite amongst the tourists. Apart from these, during the festival entire Kohima rejuvenate with joy through Hornbill half marathon, bike and cycle rally, international music festival, rock contest, fashion show, night bazar and many other events. The festival both exposes the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India.

The festivals attract locals and tourist from around the globe with many events like car/bike rally, film festivals, rock concerts, fashion shows and other extravaganza to name a few.