Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is the cultural extravaganza, held once a year. The festival has been named after a bird with the same name. The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is a popular attraction among the tourists. This week long fiesta can be described as an assortment of inter-cultural festivities of the place. Tribal dances, religious ceremonies, handicrafts, parades, games belonging to the Naga culture are the prime attractions of the festival.

To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. This festival is a mélange of cultural displays under one roof.

History of the Festival
It has been more than a decade since the Hornbill Festival came into existence. The Festival started out as a mélange of cultural exhibit in the year 2000, and is getting stronger year after year. The aim of the festival is to promote the idea of preserving and protecting the Naga Culture. The reason behind the success of this festival is the efforts and hard work of the Tourism Department of Nagaland.

Hornbill Festival Highlights
This week long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy various performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display.

The major highlights of the festival include Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley - songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical concert.

The Hornbill Festival exposes the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union. Traditional arts are also featured, with paintings, wood carvings and sculptures by modern Naga artists on display.

The Hornbill International Rock Festival is a significant highlight of the Hornbill Festival. Various local and international rock bands perform at Indira Gandhi Stadium.

How to reach the Hornbill Festival
By Air - Dimapur airport is linked with Kolkata airport and is connected with major airlines. After that one had to travel by road to reach Kohima.
By Rail - The railway station is in Dimapur which is connected to Guwahati. Guwahati offers connectivity to the important railway junctions in the country.
By Road - Through road, it is advised to first reach Dimapur and after that proceed to Kohima. Kohima has connectivity to the important cities in Northeast India, Guwahati and Shillong.

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