Hornbill Festival 2018: Nagaland's Display Of Its Extravangant Culture And Traditions

| December 1 , 2018 , 12:40 IST

A state in northeast India, Nagaland celebrates its  55th  Statehood Day on December 1. And on the eve of this historic occassion it hosts the 19th edition of Hornbill Festival in Nagaland's Kisama village, around 12 km from the state capital Kohima.

According to media reports, the ten day festival will have Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to inaugurate the festival while Nagaland Governor P B Acharya will be the chief host on the occasion, while US Ambassador to India, Kenneth I Juster, has been invited as the guest of honour.

The annual festival symbolises unity in diversity while promoting the tourism prospects of the state.

Hornbill festival is called the 'Festival of Festivals'. The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state's tribes.

Since the state of Nagaland is home to several tribes, which have their own distinct festivals. The Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland.

The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland, and an opportunity to experience the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland.

Popular events, which are held every year during the festival, include the Miss Nagaland beauty pageant, craft and food expos, the Naga chilli eating competition, and the Hornbill literature festival.

This year’s schedule includes a photo fest in Kohima, heritage walks in Kisama, shooting competitions, craftscapes, and a meet up for budding writers etc.

The Hornbill International Music festival has a special treat planned for K-Pop fans, with K-Pop band Mont set to perform on December 4.