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Hornbill Festival – Rejoice in Pleasure

Posted on November 21, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Whenever we think of India we think festivals, we think culture, and we think tradition. So when this land of varied hues and a plethora of flamboyant habits is toured, the festivals certainly come as a great way of understanding the true India.

If we go towards Northeast then in the land of the Naga tribes lies a simmering pot of festivals and local culture. The Hornbill festival is one item in this cauldron of celebration. This is the festival of the people of Nagaland and it is celebrated with a lot of jubilation and fervor. This is the beauty of Indian festivals. It has a lot of energy to it. Nagaland predominantly depends on agriculture for its economy and so the festivals too are centering around this. The people in Nagaland consider that festivals are very sacred and so they observe them with a lot of reverence and respect.

Hornbill festival

Each tribe in Nagaland has a different reason to celebrate so in this land of festivals Nagaland, the Hornbill festival is a greatly popular occasion. Besides this you also have the Tsukhenyie, the Mimkut, the Bushu, The Sekrenyi and many others.

The Government of Nagaland celebrates the Hornbill festival in the month of December to promote the absolute heritage value of the State and to have a good interaction amongst the tribes.

There are myriad interest s and innumerable performances that showcase the best cultural activities around. Held sometime between the 1st and the 5th of December, the festival is predominantly in the city of Kohima.

This festival is held at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama .This is around 12 km from the city of Kohima. The tribes in the land of Nagaland come to take part in large numbers. The main aim of the Hornbill festival is to ensure that the culture here is protected and the rich heritage of the land of Nagaland is able to showcase its traditions and also maintain them.

Hornbill festival in Nagaland

Tourists who come here like to enjoy the culture and learn the new traditions that are observed in this part of India. Do include a festival tour to the Hornbill festival if at all you are planning to come to this portion of the world. Enjoy the food, the dances, the customs and the songs of the state of Nagaland and know India better through its beautiful states.

The festival is named after the Hornbill bird which is widely respected in the Nagaland state and is a major feature of the state’s folklore.

The festival goes on for a full week. It possesses and air of unity which is typical of this state and the colorful nature of the festival adds to the beauty and fascination. There are crafts, religious ceremonies, food fairs and paintings. Arts and other forms of culture are enhanced with the interaction of tribes and tourists in such festivals thus promoting the growth of Nagaland in the international tourist map.

Dancing at Hornbill festival Hornbill festival

Exhibitions of Herbal Medicines, flower shows, fashion performances, traditional archery, beauty contests, wrestling in Naga style, musical concerts all are a part of the Hornbill festival.

With the Nagaland state being vibrant, energetic and the best in this part of India, the Hornbill festival is just one of the many colours of this dazzling state.

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