President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 18th edition of the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, Nagaland. The festival coincided with 54th statehood day of Nagaland. Hornbill Festival also called as the ‘Festival of Festivals’ in Nagaland is tourism promotional extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of Naga heritage.
- Hornbill Festival is the showcase of rich Naga culture and traditions, preserved over the years in the form of music, dance and food.
- The Hornbill Festival at Kisama and the International Music Festival represent the diversity of Naga society.
- The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 – 10 December, in Nagaland, Northeast India.
- It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’.
- To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. 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.