Nagaland tourism shines with Hornbill Festival

Published on : Monday, December 2, 2013

Hornbill FestivalColours, tradition and music marked the grand opening of Hornbill festival in Nagaland by President Pranab Mukherjee. The 10-day festival began with sounding of the gong by the President.

 

“I would like to use this occasion to call upon the people of the rest of India to discover Nagaland, visit this state, contribute to the local economy and strengthen the bonds that tie different parts of our country and people together,” the President said.

 

The Hornbill festival shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists.

 

In a bid to promote Naga culinary skills in the international arena, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has contemplated the idea of introducing Food Festival and the Hornbill Chef Award, during the upcoming 10-day Hornbill Festival, 2013.

 

Hornbill 2013 will also witness the ‘shopping festival’ to promote Naga products and handicrafts.

 

This year the festival commemorates the 50 years Celebration of Nagaland Statehood Day, which was inaugurated by the President of India on December 1.

 

The Hornbill Festival is organised to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland.

 

Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. 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.

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