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Dec 03, 2018 01:07 PM IST | Economy

Nagaland kicks off Hornbill Festival with pride and pomp

The Hornbill Festival is one of the most cherished festivals of Nagaland which gets its name from the Great Hornbill, one of the most venerated bird species in the state whose importance is reflected in a number of tribal cultural expressions, songs and dances.

Almost 85% of Nagaland’s population still depends upon agriculture, so most of their festivals revolve around agriculture which they consider sacred. In spite of the tremendous modernity entering into their lives, the people have preserved their customs and legacy and have kept the torch of their tribal identity lighted.

Each of the tribes and subtribes in the state have their own way of cultivating their individual culture. In addition to their traditional ceremonial attires which is different for each tribe, there are multi-colored spears, doas with dyed goat's hair, exotic headgears and ivory armlets. In earlier times, the fighters had to prove their bravery, in order to wear these.

The Hornbill Festival is one the largest celebration in Nagaland and there is huge gathering and much merrymaking in the form of drinking, eating, singing and dancing.

Hornbill Festival is celebrated annually during the first week of December, i.e. from December 1-10, and is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, located around 12 kilometers from the capital of the Nagaland, Kohima.

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Nagaland governor PB Acharya (L) and Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio (R) clap as Home Minister Rajnath Singh (C) is presented with Naga traditional attires at the inugural function of the Hornbill festival at Kisama, some 12 kms away from Kohima, Nagaland on Saturday, December 01, 2018. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Nagaland governor PB Acharya (L) and Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio (R) clap as Home Minister Rajnath Singh (C) is presented with Naga traditional attires at the inugural function of the Hornbill festival at Kisama, some 12 kms away from Kohima, Nagaland on Saturday, December 01, 2018. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh address at the inugural function of the Hornbill festival at Kisama, some 12 kms away from Kohima, Nagaland on Saturday, December 01, 2018. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh address at the inugural function of the Hornbill festival at Kisama, some 12 kms away from Kohima, Nagaland on Saturday, December 01, 2018. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, inspects a Guard of Honour at Assam Riffles Training Centre High School at Sukhovi, outskirt of Dimapur, Nagaland on Friday, 08 December 2017. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, inspects a Guard of Honour at Assam Riffles Training Centre High School at Sukhovi, outskirt of Dimapur, Nagaland on Friday, 08 December 2017. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organises the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction. (Photo by Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images)
To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organises the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction. (Photo by Subhendu Sarkar/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Phochury tribe perform a dance during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. The annual Hornbill Festival which is celebrated from December 1-10 celebrates the cultural heritages of the Nagas. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Phochury tribe perform a dance during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. The annual Hornbill Festival which is celebrated from December 1-10 celebrates the cultural heritages of the Nagas. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Chakheshang tribe perform an art of wrestling during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. The annual Hornbill Festival which is celebrated from December 1-10 celebrates the cultural heritages of the Nagas. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Chakheshang tribe perform an art of wrestling during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. The annual Hornbill Festival which is celebrated from December 1-10 celebrates the cultural heritages of the Nagas. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Sumi tribe perform a dance during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Sumi tribe perform a dance during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Rengma tribe perform a dance during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Rengma tribe perform a dance during the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, some 12 Kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Yimchunger tribe a dance during the annual Hornbill festival at the Naga Heritage village Kisama, some 12 kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Naga tribesmen from Yimchunger tribe a dance during the annual Hornbill festival at the Naga Heritage village Kisama, some 12 kms away from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. (Photo by Caisii Mao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)