Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1st to 10th December 2019, in Nagaland, Northeast India. It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’.  


Experience Nagaland At Its Best

DECEMBER 06th TO 11th, 2019​

How it started...

The state of Nagaland is home to several tribes. These tribes have their own unique festivals. Because more than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture, most of their festivals revolve around agriculture. The people considers their festivals very sacred and so participation in these festivals is essential to them.

The Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The first festival was held in the year 2000.

The festival is named after the Indian hornbill which is a large and colorful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes.

A Cultural Experience

The Hornbill Festival is a one week long festival which unites one and all of Nagaland where people can enjoy the colorful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts like paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures wil also be displayed. It highlights the traditional exhibition  like the Naga Morungs exhibiton and also the sale of arts and crafts. Flower shows, cultural songs and dances will also be performed. Including fashion shows, Miss Nagaland beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert.

The Hornbill Festival provides a colorful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies. So the festival  exposes the culture and tradition of tribal peoples. Experts have said that a lot of older people that lives in the villages loves to travel to Kohima and attend this festival. In the process they meet people from other villages of the state that they have not met before and this leads to cultural understanding of information and ideas.

Traditional arts, paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures by modern local artists are also displayed. Naga troupes will sing folk songs, perform traditional dances and play games and sports. In the evenings there will be a programme of music concerts which will ensures that the festive spirit continues through the night. But one of the major highlights of this festival is the Hornbill International Rock Festival, which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium where local and international rock bands is  going to perform.

Our Itinerary Includes

Attend the Hornbill Festival at Kisama

Explore Khonoma village and Dzuleke

Exploring Kohima

And Much Much More!

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