Every year during the 1st week of December the North East of India gathers to celebrate what is called the ‘Festival of festivals’. Not very far away from Kohima, the capital of the State of Nagaland, in a small picturesque heritage village of Kisama where you will find a congregation of Tribes, Tradition and the Modern world! This ‘Festival of festivals’ is better known as the ‘Hornbill’ Festival – A week long festivity that is organised by the Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland ~ the ‘Switzerland of the East’.
The Hornbill Festival is named after the bird species of the Indian Hornbill. The Indian Hornbill is the most admired bird species by the Naga people for its qualities of alertness and grandeur – a trait very similar to the ‘Naga Warrior Tribe’ who are known for their fierceness and their majestic attire. The Indian Hornbill is linked closely with the social and cultural life of the people of Nagaland which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. The Naga people’s admiration for the bird is symbolically displayed on most of the traditional tribal headgears worn during festivals across Nagaland.
In the week long festivity at the Hornbill Festival one can experience the rich and diverse culture of Nagaland. The festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people from across North east India and around the globe. One can visit the Hornbill festival to enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies of Nagaland. In addition to the festivities you also get to see traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, sculptures which are on display. One of the highlights of the crafts put on display are the Naga beaded jewellery. These jewellery are home made by the ladies of Kohima and are sure to impress the female crowd at the festival from a distance.
Main events/highlights of the Hornbill Festival are ~
- Cultural events spread throughout the festival highlighting traditional dances, music, indigenous games
- Port Fat Eating Contest
- The Hornbill International Rock Festival
- North East Cultural Ensemble
- Naga King Chilly/Bhut Jolokia Eating Contest
- Hornbill Adventure Rally
- The Kohima Night Bazaar
- World War II Peace Rally
The Picture below illustrates the highlights of the 10 (Ten) Day extravaganza of the “Festival of Festivals ~ the Hornbill Festival!”
So why wait?! Plan your visit to the ‘Festival of Festivals ~ the Hornbill Festival’ at Kisama Heritage Village, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!
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