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Nithin Mathew

Nithin Mathew

Hornbill festival is called as the festival of all festivals and it is conducted every year from December 1 to 10. We had a wonderful two days here, seeing all the cultural events, tasting strange foods (rice wine, silk worms, dog meat- not your usual breakfast) and buying some of their crafts.

There are many tribes in the state of Nagaland, and this festival is conducted to encourage inter tribal interactions and to promote the heritage of Nagaland. The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill which is mentioned in the folklore of most of the state's tribes.

The week long festival is filled with colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs and ceremonies. Traditional art like paintings, aculptures, tattooing are also displayed. The highlights of the festival include sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, flower shows and sales, cultural medley - songs and dances, fashion shows, the Miss Nagaland beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert.

Being a popular event known all over India, Kohima city is going to be filled with people coming for the festival. There are some problems with the transportation as public transportation was not so penetrated in Nagaland (at least till 2015) and also due to the cold (it is very cold in December there). If you are coming from outside of Nagaland, be prepared to take a lot of taxis/ shared taxis.

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Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

Hornbill Festival- Kisama Heritage Village

Hornbill - Kisama Rd, Nagaland 797005, India

Also called the 'Festival of Festivals', the Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 to 10 December. The state of Nagaland is home to several tribes, which have their own distinct festivals. To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The first festival was held in 2000.