President Pranab Mukherjee has today officially inagurated the Nagaland’s famous Hornbill Festival admist of sounding of a gong, traditional songs and dances of various tribes of Nagaland.
The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, named after the Great Indian Hornbill bird, is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the North East. It seeks to revive, protect, sustain, and promote the richness of the Naga heritage and traditions, so it is celebrated through a collaborative effort of all Naga tribes. The Hornbill Festival is an annual, week-long cultural extravaganza held every year in the first week of December in Nagaland.
The festivities will not only showcase the rich tradition and culture of the Naga tribes, but also have various other events for the young and the old alike.
Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. This festival usually takes place between the 1st and the 7th of December every year in Kohima. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival.
Earlier, Chief Angh (head) of Hongphoi village Buwang Konyak gave his traditional blessings.The President was also presented with traditional Naga gear like ‘Dao’ (a small sword), among others. He wore ‘Tsula’ (traditional head gear) and posed with the Dao to portray a ferocious Naga warrior.
According to state commissioner and secretary, Department of Tourism, Himato Zhimomi said, over 1000 foreign and more than 10,000 domestic tourists from rest of the country as well as over two lakh visitors from within the state are expected to attend this year’s festival.