HORNBILL FESTIVAL 2019
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- The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 to 10 December, in Nagaland, Northeast India. The Hornbill Festival was inaugurated on December 01 in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.
- Hornbill Festival 2019 is the 20th Edition.
- It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’
- The festival is named after a bird named “Indian Hornbill”, which is a symbol of “Respect and Folklore” among the Naga.
- The 10 Days Hornbill Festival began with the traditional blessing pronounced by Mongtei of Aniashu village while the Chief host and Host opened the festival by beating the traditional gong. Nagaland Governor R N Ravi was the chief host of the festival, while Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was the host.
- It witness the Naga people coming together and uniting through their cultures and urged the people to uphold the enormous richness on their culture and traditions which has been passed down to them by their ancestors. The Governor called on the people to strengthen the spirit of unity during the Hornbill Festival. Highlights of the ceremony include a colourful display of Naga Culture themed as “Colours of Nagaland”.
- The festival organised by Nagaland Government is also an annual tourism promotional event to showcase the state’s traditional and rich cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity and grandeur.
- A display of Sukhoi aircraft flying over Kisama site was also organised in close coordination between the state government and headquarter, Eastern Air Command (IAF) Shillong.
- Highlights of the Hornbill Festival will witness cultural performance of different tribes of Nagaland and North eastern States, indigenous games, city tour, night carnival, art exhibition, photo-fest and many more.
- Cultural performances by different tribes of Nagaland in their traditional attires showcasing their ethnicity marked the second day of the 10-day Hornbill Festival at Kisama Heritage Village near.
- This festival is highly significant among the North- Eastern states because of the fact that more than 60% of the Nagaland’s populations is dependent upon ‘Agriculture‘ and thus, this festival, in particular, revolves around the sacred status granted to the Agriculture activities here which can be witnessed by being a part of the Naga family’s Hornbill Festival.
- Nagaland is known as the ‘Land of Festivals‘ and one such grand carnival, organized by the State Tourism of Arts and Culture Department, Government of Nagaland is ‘Hornbill festival’.
- Nagaland became the 16th State of the Union of India on 1st December 1963 and so it celebrated its 57th Statehood Day on 2019.
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