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Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival - Celebration of the Indigenous Warrior Tribes in Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is the largest celebration of the indigenous warrior tribes of the Nagaland, Northeast India. Hornbill Festival is also called as the 'Festival of Festivals'. It is one of the most cherished events of Nagaland state and celebrated by local tribes with much enthusiasm, interest and passion. This festival is named after Hornbill- the most venerated bird species of the Nagaland state whose significance is reflected in a number of tribal cultural languages, songs and dances.   

Hornbill Festival Date:

Hornbill Festival 2016- 1 December to 7 December 2016

Hornbill Festival 2017- 1 December to 7 December 2017

Hornbill Festival 2018- 1 December to 7 December 2018

Hornbill Festival 2019- 1 December to 7 December 2019

Hornbill Festival 2020- 1 December to 7 December 2020

The Hornbill Festival usually takes place between the 1st and the 7th of Dec annually in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. Almost 85% of Nagaland’s population depends upon agriculture, so most of their events or festivals revolve around agriculture which they consider sacred. Hornbill Festival is held every year at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from the capital city Kohima. All the tribes of the state take part in this festival. The chief aim of the Hornbill Festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of the state and display its traditions and extravaganza.

The major attractions of the festival are various arts, games, folk songs and dance. There are numerous display of multi-cuisine, handicrafts, handloom, local food stalls, etc. Traditional arts which include wood carvings, paintings, and sculptures are also on display. Tourists are warmly welcomed and are treated well. For tourists, it means a closer understanding of the tribal people, tradition and culture of Nagaland, and an opportunity to experience the local foods, songs, dances and civilizations of Nagaland.

Evenings are illuminated by the electrifying Hornbill National Rock Concert in which bands from abroad and India participate to compete. This Rock Concert is followed by the amazing Night Market in the town. However, the most attractive event at this special festival is pork eating festival and Naga chilly eating competition, which draws a lot of crowd and evokes much excitement and fanfare.

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