19th Hornbill festival, Nagaland

  • Category
    History & Culture
  • Published
    6th Dec, 2018


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 19th Hornbill Festival at Kisama village near state capital Kohima in Nagaland.


Hornbill Festival:

  • The Hornbill Festivalis a celebration held every year from 1 - 10 December in Nagaland.
  • It is also called the 'Festival of Festivals'.
  • Why: To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural through colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies.
  • The first festival was held in 2000.
  • The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state's tribes.
  • The celebrations and programmes have been scheduled in five districts of the state Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Phek and Wokha. 


  • The Hornbill Festival has contributed significantly in enhancing the state's tourism.
  • Tourism promoters believe that the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland allows tourists to have an insight into the different tribes of Nagaland. 
  • It fosters understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the state, its resourceful architecture and its ethnic cuisine.


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