President inaugurates Hornbill Festival of Nagaland
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated Nagaland’s famous Hornbill Festival. Hornbill (name of a bird) Festival, considered one of the biggest events in the state, puts on display the rich tradition and cultural heritage of the Naga people. Nagaland is also observing the golden jubilee (50 years) of its formation as a state.
Hornbill Festival is a festival celebrated in Nagaland every year in the first week of December. The festival showcases rich culture of Naga tribes which includes shows of music and dance. The festival is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima the state capital.
The Hornbill Festival provides a colourful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies. The festival both exposes the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union.