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Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival began in the Naga Heritage village of Kisama. The festival coincides with the Statehood Day of Nagaland which is observed on December 1.

It is tourism promotional extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage. It is also called as the ‘Festival of Festivals‘.

Key Facts
  • Hornbill Festival is celebrated in Nagaland every year in the first week of December. It is one of the biggest indigenous festivals of the country.
  • The festival is a tribute to Hornbill, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas for its qualities of alertness and grandeur.
  • The majestic bird is closely identified with the social and cultural life of the Nagas as reflected in tribal folklore, dances and songs.
  • It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments. It is also supported by the Union Government.
  • The Hornbill Festival provides a colourful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies.
  • It exposes both the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union.
  • It was established on 1st December 1963 and was inaugurated by the then President Dr. S Radhakrishnan.
  • Over the years festival has become a unique platform for tourists to witness cultural diversity not only of the Nagas and other seven sister states of the northeastern region.

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Solung festival begins in Arunachal Pradesh

The annual socio-religious Solung festival of Adi tribe has started in Arunachal Pradesh.

Solung is 5-day long agro-based festival is celebrated every year by the Adi tribe in the first week of September.

Key Facts

  • The Solung festival reflects the socio-religious features of the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Adi or ‘Bangni-Boker lhoba ’people are the major collective tribes living in the himalayan hills of ‘Nyingchi’ prefecture in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • To mark the celebrations, people perform various rituals and make offerings to gods and goddesses during the celebration and pray for a bumper harvest.
  • During the celebration, Mithun (Great Indian Bison) which is considered as holy animal and occupies an important religious significance among the Adis is sacrificed.
  • People present gifts of meat and Apong (rice beer) to neighbours and relatives on the occasion thus cementing family and social relationships.
  • The festival also reflects care and protection of animals which are vital components of their family and social life of Adi tribe.

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Sajibu Cheiraoba festival celebrated in Manipur with religious fervor

The traditional festival of Sajibu Cheiraoba was celebrated in Manipur to mark the beginning of a new year with cultural gusto and religious fervor.

The festival is mainly observed on the first lunar day of the lunar month Sajibu (March/April) by the Meiteis community, a majority ethnic group of Manipur.

Celebrations

On the occasion of Sajibu Cheiraoba, People clean and decorate their houses and arrange joint family feast. Traditional cuisines are offered to local deities at the entrance gates of the houses.

After meals, people start climbing nearby hills in the afternoon to offer prayers. Thabal Chongba, a local folk dance is also being organized at different locations of Manipur valley.

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