Northeast India houses different tribes and their culture. This region is largely covered by forests and mountains that keep it isolated from the rest of the world. Around 60% of the population is dependent upon agriculture. The beauty and culture of the tribes cannot be seen anywhere else in India. Nagaland offers a glimpse of their tribal culture where different tribes are seen in their traditional attire. For the tribes, festivals are sacred and that is the reason why their taking part in these festivals is important.
Hornbill Festival was named and originated after the Indian hornbill which is a colourful and large forest bird as displayed in the folk stories of their tribes. It is celebrated every year from 1 December to 10 December in the city of tribes, Nagaland in Northeast India. It was organised by the Government of Nagaland to encourage and promote the inter-tribal interaction and cultural heritage to show the tribal culture at Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival showcases the cultural extravaganza that celebrates not just the tribal culture but also diminishes the generation gap and strengthens the bond between different tribes. One is sure to be amazed and entertained while exploring the tribal culture at the Hornbill Festival.
Highlights of Hornbill Festival
A week-long festival that unites all the tribes in Nagaland and visitors are enjoying the crafts, food and colourful performances. The traditional arts include wood carvings, sculptures and paintings. The festival hosts the traditional Naga Morungs exhibition for the tribes and various competitions including Miss Nagaland Beauty contest, musical concert, traditional archery, fashion shows and indigenous games.
The tribal culture at Hornbill Festivals can be witnessed through the main events including The Hornbill Rock Festival, The Kohima Night Bazaar, North East Cultural Ensemble, Peace Rally on World War and Hornbill Adventure Rally. One can challenge others and take part in traditional contests including Pork Fat Eating Contest and King Chilly Eating Contest.
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You can get Hornbill Festival tickets at the entry gate only. It is Rs. 20 for entrance and Rs.30 for DSLR Camera and Rs.50 for Video Camera.
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1.Can you give some tips for travelers visiting the festival for the first time?
2.What happens at the Hornbill Festival?
The festival is organised by the government and various tribes of Nagaland participate. It features cultural and traditional dance performances and art exhibitions. All the tribes make replicas of their ancient tribal huts while competing with each other in various games and contests.
3.Where to meet the tribes during the festival?
The tribes can be seen in their Morungs i.e., meeting houses which they themselves made to showcase their ancient tribal culture. Each tribe has been given an area representing their particular village.
4.How to Reach the Hornbill Festival?
By Air: Dimapur airport is linked with Kolkata airport and is connected with major airlines. After that one had to travel by road to reach Kohima.
By Rail: The railway station is in Dimapur which is connected to Guwahati. Guwahati offers connectivity to the important railway junctions in the country.