Hornbill Festival of Nagaland 20017
The long-awaited Hornbill Festival is one of the most appreciated festivals in Nagaland, the state of North India, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal by the local population. The festival is named after hornbill, one of the most respected bird species in the state whose importance is expressed in a series of tribal cultural expressions, songs and dances. Almost 85% of the population of Nagaland still depends on agriculture, so most of their festivals revolve around the agriculture they consider sacred. The Hornbill festival is one of the biggest celebrations of Nagaland's indigenous warrior tribes.
The Naga have a rich tradition of preserving their unique heritage and customs. Despite the enormous modernity that was introduced, people have preserved their customs and legacy and have lit the torch of their tribal identity. Nagaland is called the land of festivals and people in the state have a penchant for celebrating the heroic deeds of their former fighters and popular heroes, as well as songs that perpetuate love stories, folk songs and gospel songs.
Each of the tribes and subtribes in the state has its own way to cultivate their individual culture. In addition to their traditional ceremonial dress, which is different for each tribe, there are multicolored spears, donuts with dyed goat hair, exotic hats and ivory bracelets. Previously, fighters had to show courage to use them. The Hornbill Festival is one of the biggest parties in Nagaland and there is a great gathering and lots of fun in the field of drinking, eating, singing and dancing.
When is the Hornbill Festival 2017?
Hornbill Festival is held annually in the first week of December, ie from 1 to 7 December. In 2013, however, it was extended for a few more days. Now it usually ends on 10 December.
Where will the Hornbill festival be celebrated in 2017?
The festival takes place at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, located about 12 kilometers from the capital of Nagaland, Kohima. It starts at 9 o'clock in the morning. Every day you can reach the place by booking a taxi. Buy the tickets at the entrance door and pass the security check; however, make sure you have a valid pass to park the car on the site.
How is the Hornbill festival celebrated?
The Hornbill festival, also locally known as the "Festival of Festivals", is organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Nagaland to promote inter-tribal harmony and to promote colorful local culture and traditions, to exhibit their customs rituals and unique practices. as well as preserving their heritage. Tourists are well received and receive a good treatment. The main tribal people of Nagaland attend the celebrations and present themselves with various arts, popular songs, dances and games. There are numerous exhibitions of handicrafts, crafts, multi-cuisine, local food stalls, while a large quantity of rice beer is always at hand to enjoy.
The nights are illuminated with the exciting national concert by Hornbill Rock in which bands from all over the country and abroad take part to compete. This is followed by the incredible night market in the city. But the most attractive event at the festival is the Naga cold food competition and the pork festival that attracts many people and generates a lot of fanfare and excitement.
Tips for travelers visiting the Hornbill Festival
The following travel tips are useful if you are planning to attend the Hornbill Festival, which starts on 1 December 2017 and is also celebrated as the Nagaland Training Day.
The festival is one of the most important tourist attractions of the state, so it attracts many tourists inside and outside the state of Nagaland. Make sure to book your reservations well in advance to avoid nuisance and inconvenience at the last minute.
There is the possibility to negotiate in various stalls and souvenir shops, so tourists can use this option to get the best deal.
Foreigners no longer need to have the access permit to visit Nagaland. They must, however, register with the Alien Registration Office (District Superintendent of Police) within 24 hours of arrival in Nagaland.
There is a very useful information center near the festival site, where you can find the brochure with the festival events and other attractions in Nagaland.
How do you reach Kohima, Nagaland?
Across The Road:
Kohima has a very good road network that connects well with neighboring states and nearby cities. The national highway number 39 connects Kohima with Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur. Moreover, the roads of the state also connect the city with the important cities of Guwahati and Shillong, from where you can reach other nearby states. Several private buses run back and forth from the capital and ask for a nominal price. Private taxi option is also available and you can rent an easy-to-obtain SUV in Kohima.
Kohima does not have its own train station because of the rugged terrain. The nearest rail link is in Dimapur, which is connected to the important cities of Guwahati and Kolkata. Although traveling by train can be slow, however, it is the best way to get to Kohima, not only because it is the cheapest, but also because of some of the most spectacular views of the incredible valleys and mountains of the mountains.
Through The Air:
Again, Kohima has no airport and the nearest airport is in Dimapur, at a distance of 74 kilometers. Dimapur only operates domestic flights and is connected to Kolkata and Guwahati from where direct flights are. International travelers must first get off at one of the international airports in Kolkata or Delhi and then take a connecting flight to Dimapur. From Dimapur it is a taxi ride of two hours to Kohima for which many taxi drivers can work and be hired. However, you can also take a 30-minute helicopter flight from the airport if you are in a hurry.
Attend the celebration of the diversity of Nagaland tribes at the Hornbill festival in Kohima. Before you go to the festival, book your stay by choosing from our collection of hotels in Kohima. Enjoy the natural blessings of staying in hotels equipped with modern luxury.
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