The much awaited festival of the north-east region, the one that is celebrated with full fervor and frolic in Nagaland, the Hornbill festival is here again and as usually starts from December 1. The Hornbill festival celebrates the traditional values of 16 Naga tribes, which more than celebrating the state bird Hornbill, is a celebration of love, friendship, togetherness, colours, songs and dances, rockshows, delicious ethnic food, vibrant traditional attires, and warm hospitality.
The very arrival of the festival in Nagaland brings a carnival like atmosphere in and around the state with the local Naga people all set to welcome and host various tourists coming from different parts of the country and other nations. Whether you are a diehard shopper of ethnic goods or a big foodie, there is everything one would look for while attending a festival.
Nagaland is a land of greeneries, wildlife, flora and fauna and is rich in its ethnic treasure and hence, the festival celebrated every year in the state has got to be so successful and popular.
Celebrated on December 1st every year, which lasts the entire first week of the month, the Hornbill festival this year will be celebrated from 1st to 10th of December. Keeping in mind the widespread popularity and tourist flow in the festival, the dates of the festival are extended to 10th this year.
The festival, every year, is celebrated at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, which is located at a distance of around 12 km from the capital city Kohima.
Waking up in the morning to the tunes of drums and folk songs during the festival days is just another mesmerizing feeling that only people with such an experience can feel. Moreover, enjoying the vivid dance forms presented by different ethnic groups of the state and then a host of other activities like Bike rallies, local games, fashion shows and so on. However, this is just a scene of the daylight and as the sun sets, the fun gets another colour with the Kohima Night Bazaar taking over the streets.
The only things that you must keep in mind while planning for a trip to Nagaland during the Hornbill festival is that:
- Book your halt in Nagaland in advance. Whether it is a hotel, a guest house or a home stay, make sure you have an assured place to spend the night or get some rest after a fun-frolic day at the festival.
- Get ready to hone your bargaining skills while buying things at the stalls in Nagaland.
- Set your alarm, wake up early and get ready to go the festival site by 9 in the morning as the festival begins at 9 AM every day. The more time you take the longer queue you will have to make for entering into the venue.