Hornbill Festival starts today

Nagaland’s Governor R.N. Ravi and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio are set to inaugurate the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland today. This period has marked the 20th year of the Hornbill festival, being celebrated in Kisama village near state capital Kohima. The festival starting today is scheduled to culminate on 10th of December.

The inaugural function will take place at 4:00 PM. Traditional blessing will be pronounced by Mongtei of Aniashu village. During the inaugural function all the cultural troupes are to line up both sides from the main gate to the Main Rostrum to welcome the guests.

Organized by the state government, Hornbill Festival is an annual tourism promotional event to showcase Nagaland’s traditional and rich cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity and grandeur.

The Hornbill Festival is a collaborative celebration of all Naga tribes at one venue and has been coined as the ‘ Festival of festivals.

The festival is a tribute to the great ‘Hornbill ‘ which is the most admired and revered bird for the Naga’s, for its quality of alertness and grandeur.

The majestic bird is closely identified with the social and cultural life of the Nagas as reflected in various tribal folklores, dances, and songs. The awe and admiration of the bird is symbolically displayed on almost all tribal traditional headgears worn during the festivals and it’s indicative of the unity of the Nagas.

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