The name “Hornbill” basically reminds us of the bird found in Tropical and subtropical Africa,Asia. and Melanesia, having the brightest colors on their beaks and bare skin of face and throat. These splash of colors are reflected at their best in the most joyous event of Nagaland – The “Festival of Festivals” as they call it or the Hornbill festival,named after the colorful bird “Hornbill“.
It is very well known that Nagaland shelters the largest community of tribes who own diverse cultures and traditions and this festival exactly serves the very purpose of uniting these varied cultures of different tribes at one platform. Though the festivities mainly revolve round the crop cycle, the festival also aims at promoting the richness of the Naga tradion to the global audience. Following this agenda, the Culture Heritage of Nagaland under Government of Nagaland, has given an official tag to the festival since
Venue of the festival–
Celebrated every first week of December, the official venue of the festival stays at the Naga Heritage village in Kisama, about 12 km from the very popular Kohima. However, the year 2016 gave 3 other districts, viz. Dinapur, Mokokchung and Phek the privilege to witness this grand fiesta.
The week long festival showcases its extravaganza through the cultural richness making tourists flock from all over the world with a keen desire to explore the mystic land of Nagas whole heartedly.
The tribals display their paintings, wood carvings, hand woven shawls, unique cuisines, dances, songs and sports. However, the very essence of the festival rests in Naga wrestling, chilli eating contest, car rallies, traditional archery and the amazing rock fest in the evenings with 20 Indian rock bands performing live.
Finally with the sun setting, the entire environment of the festival which witnessed a day long hustle and bustle haults to a soothing point enriched with the melodious Naga tunes around a central bonfire, making you fall head over heels in love with the land of seven sisters.#IncredibleIndia
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