The vice president arrived in the state today morning and was received by the Chief Minister of the state Neiphiu Rio. The official commencement of the event is scheduled at 4 PM at the Kisama Heritage Village located about 12 km from the city of Kohima. The celebration will continue till December 10.
The event starts on December 1 every year marking the statehood day of Nagaland. And his year the state is celebrating 60 years of its inception. Several national leaders including the President and the Prime Minister of the country wished the people of Nagaland on this occasion.
The major attractions of the event include the traditional Morungs or huts of each of the major tribes of the state. They display their traditional costumes, motifs, headgear and way of living. Also, each tribe serves its own unique cuisines and beverages in their own Morungs, so that tourists can relish their traditional delicacies. Cultural shows and traditional games are also hosted on the central ground of the cultural celebration.
Several other events including horticultural shows, exhibitions and sales of traditional; products and band performances also happen at the Hornbill Festival. Motorsports and other adventure sports are also organised on the sidelines of the main event.
The tribes under the Eastern Nagaland People's Organisation have decided to boycott this year's event, following their demands for a separate state. The leaders of the tribes will be meeting with the Union Home Minister this coming Saturday.
Emmanuel Lenain, the Ambassador of France to India, Alan Gemmel, the Trade Commissioner for South Asia & British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India, and Barry O'Farrel Ao the Australian High Commissioner to India, are also expected to attend the inaugural function in the Kisama Heritage Village today along with several Indian dignitaries.
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