Traditional dances, folk songs and indigenous games! One of the grandest inter-tribe festivals of Nagaland is here! We are talking about the Hornbill Festival, which is celebrated every year from 1st to 10th December at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, 12 km away from Kohima. Organised by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments since 2000, this festival showcases vibrant culture of various tribes of Nagaland.
The main motive of celebrating the Hornbill Festival is to revive, protect and preserve the richness, uniqueness and cultural heritage of Nagaland. Apart from this, it is also celebrated to pay tribute to the Hornbill, a bird admired by the Naga tribes for its alertness and grandeur. The bird has a great significance in the tribes when it comes to tribal folklore, dances and songs. Another fascinating thing one can notice during the festival is the display of this bird as a symbol on most of the tribal headgears worn by men.
Fun-filled activities like Naga King Chilli eating contests, Hornbill International Rock Concert, adventure car rallies, Miss Nagaland beauty pageant and Naga wrestling are some of the main highlights of the festival. The Hornbill International Rock Concert gives platform to national as well as international bands, with its prize money ranging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 10,00,000!
- Book your flight tickets and accommodations in advance.
- Kohima doesn’t have its own airport. Dimapur is the nearest airport, from where it’s a two hour drive to Kohima.
- If you’re in a hurry, go for a 30 minute helicopter ride to Kohima.
So what are you waiting for? Plan a holiday to Nagaland NOW!