Hornbill Festival is one of Nagaland’s most popular festivals. The festival is organised by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments and usually takes place between 1 to 10 December every year. The festival’s aim is to revive and preserve Nagaland’s rich culture and showcase its opulence and traditions. The Hornbill festival takes place in Kisama’s Naga Heritage Village, about 12km from Nagaland’s capital, Kohima. The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird shown in the folklore of most tribes of the state. The first festival was held in 2000.
How it is celebrated
The festival displays the special traditions, activities and preserves the state’s heritage. All the major tribes of Nagaland attends the festivities, presenting themselves with various arts, folk songs, dances and sports. Numerous displays of handicrafts, handloom, and local food stalls serving multi-cuisine along with rice beer are available. In the evening, various local and international bands performs at Hornbill International Rock Festival which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium. This is followed by the incredible night market. But the Naga chilly eating contest is the most enticing activity at the festival.The other highlights is the the traditional Naga Morungs exhibition. Each Naga group is represented, in their respective morungs. Some even accommodate the magnificent log drums where male members beat in perfect unison intermittently the gigantic hollowed log with wooden beaters.
How to reach
The state has its airport in Dimapur, operating major airlines on a regular basis since Kohima doesn’t have its own railway station. Therefore, Dimapur is the nearest one that links to Kolkata and Guwahati. Also this is the best way to get there as it will take you through scenic landscapes that are worth a watch. There are private cabs and buses to get to Kohima. If you are planning to travel by road, the state has got a good roadways network. The state capital Kohima is connected to the important cities of Shillong and Guwahati in north-eastern India. You can go to Dimapur first and then travel to Kohima.
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