DIMAPUR: Nagaland art and culture department, the organizers of the festival, on Wednesday, announced the events for the international festival.
Interestingly, Hornbill Festival is making a comeback this year after a gap of one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Considered as one of the most renowned celebrations of Nagas, during this festival, every year people of Nagaland gather in huge numbers for merry-making and frolic in the form of drinking, singing, dancing and relishing traditional cuisines of the state.
The department said daily cultural performances will be held at the main arena of the Hornbill Festival.
Cultural troupes from all 17 tribes within the state will showcase their lively songs and dances in their colourful traditional attires.
About Nagaland's Hornbill Festival
This age-old festival is celebrated during the month of December every year in the state. For those of you who don't know, this is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland. The Nagas have a rich tradition of maintaining their unique heritage and customs. Especially for this reason, travellers from across the places throng this place during this festival so that they can experience the uniqueness of this tribe and spend some time with the locals to understand their culture first-hand.
In addition to their attractive and colorful traditional ceremonial attire, which is unique for each tribe, there are multi-colored spears, Dao's with dyed goat's hair and more. The exotic headgears and ivory armlets are among other famous traditional things of Nagas, which are highlights of the show. Historically, the fighters earlier had to prove their bravery to wear these.
This internationally recognised festival is organized by State Tourism and Arts and Culture Department, Government of Nagaland annually. The fiesta is celebrated to encourage inter-tribal harmony and promote colorful local culture and traditions in the state.