Day 10: Kohima - Hornbill
To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year
in the first week of December. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima from 01-07 Dec. All the tribes of Nagaland
take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. The Festival is
named after the hornbill, the globally respected bird and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes.
The weeklong festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and religious ceremonies. Traditional
arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Festival highlights include Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and
Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley-songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga
wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical Concert.