Hornbill Festival is the biggest annual festival of Nagaland, held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima town. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments. Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. This festival usually takes place between the 1st and the 7th of December every year in Kohima.
The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. For visitors it means a closer understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland. It must be included in your itinerary, if you are visiting Nagaland during that time to enjoy the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland.
The Festival is named after the wild bird ” hornbill,” and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. The week long 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.
Festival highlights include 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, Motor Rally, Indigenous Games, Hornbill National Rock Contest, Chilli Eating Contest, Literature Fest and Musical concert.