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Hornbill Festival: What Are the Most Important Hornbill Festival Events?

Tuensang: We are almost set to welcome Nagaland’s world-famous Hornbill Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world. But much has transpired since last year’s festival, and it will have an impact on this year’s celebration as well.

Dimapur, Nov. 25 (EMN): As the chief minister has agreed to address the grievances raised by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisations, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has urged the leaders and people of eastern Nagaland to reconsider their decision not to participate in the forthcoming Hornbill Festival and to join the celebration in unity and brotherhood (ENPO).

This was decided at the NDPP’s consultative meeting held in Chumoukedima on Friday to discuss the ENPO’s decision not to participate in the Hornbill Festival 2022, citing “hardships suffered by the participants” from the eastern portion of the state.

Respecting the emotions and stance of the ENPO, the NDPP urged the people to celebrate the ‘Festival of Festivals’ as one nation, noting that it is also a moment to honor Nagaland’s sovereignty.

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One of the resolutions stated, “A year ago, following the Oting tragedy, the State and the people demonstrated unity by standing in solidarity, and today the NDPP urges on each of us to continue demonstrating this unity once again.”

While emphasizing the need for the active participation of all tribes and stating that “the very essence of the Hornbill Festival is to portray the unity in diversity of the people of Nagaland,” the party stated that it is essential for the world to see the oneness of the Nagas at this juncture, when the people are awaiting a final resolution to the Indo-Naga political dispute.

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It was stated that the event has become a platform for local businesspeople to market their products outside of the state, and hence the youth should not be denied the chance to participate. “It (Hornbill Festival) has nothing to do with politics, and efforts should be taken to keep it that way in the future,” the document stated.

Concerning the desire for a separate state, the NDPP stated that the decision to grant statehood rests with the Indian government and not with the Nagalandese government or its inhabitants.

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“The Government of Nagaland has already submitted to the Government of India its suggestion to award Autonomous Region status to the ENPO territory. Anything beyond this is outside of the State Government’s purview. In truth, the Government of Nagaland has never objected to the ENPO people’s demand for a separate state, and the NDPP supports this demand, as stated in the resolution.

The NDPP further demanded that the state government follow the choices that have been made to resolve the ENPO’s grievances and ensure that the Hornbill Festival 2022 is organized and celebrated with the participation of every citizen of the state, representing all of Nagaland’s many tribes.

What Are the Most Important Hornbill Festival Events?

Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibitions and sales of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower exhibitions and sales, Cultural Medley – songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical concert festival highlights.

When and Where Takes Place the Hornbill Festival?

Hornbill Festival is a yearly celebration in Nagaland. The festival is typically held during the first week of December each year. The Hornbill Festival will begin on December 1, 2022, and end on December 10, 2022. Nagaland’s capital, Kohima, is the primary location of the Hornbill Festival in 2022.

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What Exactly is the Hornbill Festival? Why is It a Holiday?

Nagaland celebrates the Festival to promote inter-tribal interaction and to maintain, safeguard, and revitalize the uniqueness and wealth of the Naga tradition. It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, with Union Government funding.

What is the Tripura Hornbill Festival?

Every year, the event is held at Naga Legacy Village Kisama in Kohima District to honor the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Nagas.

Why is the Celebration Given a Bird’s Name?

The Hornbill Festival is the grandest and most extravagant celebration of Naga culture and tradition, and one of the most attended festivals in the country. The festival is called after the huge exotic bird because it is essential to numerous local legends.

Why Did the Hornbill Festival Begin in Nagaland?

To stimulate interethnic interaction and promote Nagaland’s cultural legacy, the government of Nagaland hosts the Hornbill Festival during the first week of December each year. The inaugural festival took place in December 2000.

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