These days Hornbill Festival is being celebrated in Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival is widely hailed as the “festival of festivals”. The festival is named after the endangered bird – Hornbill which is the most revered and admired bird for the Nagas. The irony is that the festival is named after the bird that is virtually extinct in the state thanks to excessive hunting.
The 10-day Hornbill Festival annually begins at the start of December and coincides with Nagaland’s statehood day.
This premier festival of Nagaland showcases the rich culture of Nagaland and the diverse Naga ethnicity through folk dances, traditional music, tribal rituals, indigenous games, local cuisine, handicraft, artwork and textiles.
Diplomatic representatives from the US, Germany and Israel are participating in the festival.
The first Hornbill Festival in Nagaland was held in 2000.