- Discover the diverse dances and culture of Northeast
- Taste the variety of cuisines
- Enjoy the many events of Hornbill Festival
Hornbill Festival 2019 – also known as the “Festival of Festivals” – will happen from the 1st to 10th of december 2019 in Kisama Heritage village, near Kohima in Nagaland. Hornbill Festivall is undoubtedly the most popular tribal festival across North East India. This celebration is held every year on the first week of December.
Hornbill Festival is the best event to interact with people who are part of the tribes of Nagaland and exchange with them. Despite having been historically headhunters for some of these communities, they have now a immense sense of hospitality.
During the festival, a visitor gets the opportunity to catch a ring side view of all the Naga tribes, their culture and distinctiveness at one place. Hornbill festival gives visitors a closer understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland, and an opportunity to experience the food, songs, dances, lifestyle and customs of the Naga people.
More than Hornbill Festival, this itinerary will take you to the homes of the locals. You will visit Mon and Longwa where you will meet the Headhunters, Mokokchung the home of Ao tribe and the Lotha and Angami Tribe in Tuophema.
Embark for a wonderful experience in the lands of the Nagas !
More about Hornbill Festival
Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. It is held at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 Km from Kohima.
All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. It is a convergence of 17 Naga tribes who come from different parts of the state of Nagaland to showcase their culture and traditions. Though each of these tribes celebrates their separate festivals, Hornbill festival acts as a coming together of their inter tribal culture and heritage. The festival also helps in reviving the traditions and customs of the tribes of Nagaland. The colourful festival has myriad cultural performances, sporting activities and traditional arts on display. This festival also gives an opportunity for visitors to explore Naga cuisine and flavours.
The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. Over the years, the Hornbill Festival has grown to encompass the Hornbill National Rock Concert, which attracts bands from all over India to compete, and a night market. The Heritage complex consists of a cluster of seventeen indigenously designed houses (also called Morung meaning Youth Dormitory), each representative of a different tribe.
This festival is a great occasion to witness the diversity of Nagaland cultural heritage carried by the numerous tribal communities of the State. By assisting Hornbill Festival, one will be immersed in their tribal culture : Folkloric dances performed by the tribes of Nagaland, typical Naga food served by many stalls, rice beer (and other cereals), traditional handicrafts, contests and activities …
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