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December 1 - December 10
Not many states of India’s ethnically rich Northeast perhaps as vibrant and colourful as Nagaland is. This is a lustrous land of once brave warriors who fiercely protected their land, natives who has held on to traditions amidst changing times with great pride of their respective ancestry. With changing times tigers may not dance across the Naga terrain, Hornbills still do, when they woo.
Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is named after the Great Indian Hornbill. Folklore in Nagaland eulogizes the hornbill. Hornbill is central to the Naga tradition finding symbolic representations in their faith and costumes.
Hornbill exudes nobility – beauty and bravery and because of its roar-like call, its strength is believed to equal with that of a tiger, which personifies the quintessential warrior. It is also symbol of fertility – reproductive and agricultural – and is perceived to possess social values similar to those of humans.
The state of Nagaland is inhabited by 16 major tribes – Ao, Angami, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sumi, Chakhesang, Khiamniungam, Kachari, Phom, Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchungrü, Kuki, Zeliang and Pochury. The 10 days long Hornbill Festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display.
Hornbill Festival highlights include the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley – songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and live music performance.
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