The Hornbill Festival is celebrated each year from 1st till 10th in the month of December. The festival takes place at Kisama Heritage Village which is located around 10 km from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.
The Festival is named after the large and colorful Hornbill bird which is displayed in folklore in majority of Naga tribes. The Hornbill Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of the native tribes of Nagaland and encourages inter-tribal relations and promotes the cultural heritage of Nagaland.
The festival is organized by the State Tourism and the Art & Culture Departments. The main aim is to revive and protect the culture, extravaganza and traditions of Nagaland. For tourists it is an opportunity to understand the people and culture of Nagaland.
The Hornbill Festival is an amazing opportunity to experience a variety of cultural food, handicrafts, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland. The week long festival is attended by all the major tribes of Nagaland.
The festivities begin by nine in the morning each day.
The festival takes place middle of perfect replicas of tribal hutments with wood carvings and hollow log drum instruments, which are played in a memorable at the end of the day. The main attraction of the Hornbill festival is the Hornbill National Rock Concert after sundown. Bands from all across the country come to compete in the concert. The concert is followed by a night market.
The Hornbill Festival highlights comprise of the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Cultural Medley – songs and dances, Traditional Archery, Indigenous Games, Naga wrestling, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Food Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Beauty Contest, Fashion shows and Musical concert.
Traditional arts are also displayed with paintings, sculptures and wood carvings by contemporary Naga artists are on display. The evening music concerts ensure that the festive spirit carries on throughout the night.