Hornbill Festival begins at Naga Heritage village Kisama in Nagaland

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Hornbill Festival begins at Naga Heritage village Kisama in Nagaland

23rd edition of the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland started on December 1, 2022 at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.

Important facts

  •  Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, the chief guest of the Hornbill festival, was present at the opening ceremony.

  • Nagaland Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi was the chief host of the festival while Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was its host.

  • The opening ceremony was followed by a cultural performance titled "This is Nagaland".

  • It may be noted that India is assuming the G20 chairmanship from 1 December, which coincides with Nagaland Statehood Day and the start of the Hornbill festival.

  • Organized by the Government of Nagaland, the Hornbill Festival showcases Nagaland’s deep-rooted traditions and its rich cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity, and grandeur. 

  • This festival will continue till 10 December. Jio is the official media partner of the festival.

About Hornbill Festival

  • Hornbill Festival is celebrated in Nagaland every year in the first week of December. It is also called “Festivals of Festivals”.

  • It is one of the biggest indigenous festivals of the country.

  • It is organised by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, supported by the Union Government.

  • This Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. 

  • The objective of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and to showcase its extraordinary traditions.

  • The festival is named after the bird 'Hornbill' which is the most revered and admired bird for the Nagas.

  • The festival is a tribute to this bird, known for its qualities of grandeur and alertness.

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