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Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, A Magnificent Celebration of the State’s Cultural Heritage

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Nagaland is gearing up for a large-scale celebration of the Hornbill Festival this year, from 1st to 10th December. The preparations for the upcoming festival are already in full swing! Reportedly, the people of Nagaland are planning to add new concepts of celebration to traditional festivities to make Hornbill Festival 2022 a grand affair, unlike the curtailed celebration of the past two years (due to the pandemic and other unfortunate circumstances).

What is the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland all About? 

Nagaland boasts of a multiethnic identity with a rich tapestry of culture and traditions. Each of the 18 major tribes in this northeast Indian state has a distinct way of life and celebrates many festivals throughout the year within their group. But, the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is a kind of celebration that brings all these tribes together under one event, and hence, it is also referred to as the ‘Festival of Festivals.’ Organized by the State Tourism Department and the Department of Art & Culture to encourage interaction among Naga tribes, the Hornbill Festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of Nagaland with folk music and dance performances, sporting events, tribal games, and more fun-filled activities. 

The 10-day cultural carnival also features art and craft exhibitions, literature fests, food fairs, chili-eating competitions, beauty pageants, flower shows, herbal medicine stalls, Naga wrestling, and other interesting events. The Hornbill Rock Concert hosts talented artists and bands from around the country. 

Enjoy electrifying musical performances, explore the traditional art and handicraft pieces at Naga Morungs Exhibition, take part in the fiery Naga chili-eating competition, and give Naga Rice Beer a try. 

Why is it called the Hornbill Festival? 

The Hornbill festival of Nagaland gets its name from the Great Indian Hornbill, a cultural icon of Naga warrior tribes. This forest bird is also commonly mentioned in the folklore of the region and is often seen as a symbol of bravery and power. Hornbill is revered by the people of Nagaland, especially indigenous warrior tribes. Songs are sung on its significance and the flight of this bird is mimicked in the Hornbill dance. Certain details of the traditional attire and accessories also allude to Hornbill’s features. 

Where is the Hornbill Festival 2022 Happening?

The 23rd edition of the Hornbill Festival is all set to happen from 1 December to 10 December (fixed dates for this annual festival) at Naga Heritage Village in Kisima. This place is located at a distance of about 12 km from Nagaland’s capital city, Kohima. The major attractions at Naga Heritage Village are its traditional huts and Naga Morungs – the major gathering places for different events and celebrations.

Also Read: Rann Utsav: Get a Glimpse of Kutch’s Unique Culture

How to reach Kohima? 

At approximately 70 km away, Dimapur Airport is the nearest airport to Kohima. The location of the Hornbill festival of Nagaland is nearly a three-hour drive from the airport. This domestic airport is well-connected to cities like Delhi and Kolkata. If you are traveling from USA or any other destination abroad, you can book flights to Delhi and then catch a domestic flight to Dimapur. International travelers visiting Kohima are required to register with the district’s Foreigner’s Registration Officer (FRO) or police station within a day of their arrival. As for Indians, an Inner Line Permit (ILP) is mandatory to enter Nagaland. 

Plan your visit to Hornbill Festival 2022 for a first-hand experience of the cultural heritage of Nagaland. Book your air tickets via the Indian Eagle flight booking engine and save a great deal on flight tickets. Hurry up!

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