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Hornbill Festival Nagaland
Hornbill Festival is dedicated to the cultural activities of various tribes of Nagaland. Naga people are known for their festivals reflecting their wonderful culture. The Hornbill festival is one of the most important festival of Nagaland and was initiated by the Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal interaction. During this festival people from different tribes come under one roof to celebrate . It is hosted annually in the first week of December at Naga Heritage Village in Kisma, 12 km from Kohima. The concept behind this festival is to preserve the rich heritage of Naga culture. The festival is named after a bird called Hornbill which is known for its alertness and beauty.
Tourists from far and wide flock to Kohima to see and enjoy the wonderful Hornbill Festival. Dance and songs are the striking features of the festival. Naga people wear a traditional headgear during the festival which look simply awesome. Stretching for one week the festival is a great opportunity to see the tribal dances, handicrafts, parades, games and sports belonging to the Naga culture. Religious ceremonies are also performed during the festival. This festival also gives an opportunity to dig on the traditional dishes of Nagaland as the food fair is also a part of the festival.
Handicrafts of Nagaland