Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is named after the gorgeous Indian bird. The reason behind that is the hornbill is quite central to the Naga tradition; being praised in the folklore and finding symbolic representations even in their costumes.

The bird is actually quite special; it is worshipped almost for traits such as beauty, bravery and nobility. It’s strength is believed to be at par with the tiger, the quintessential animal representing power. It is also a symbol of fertility – both reproductive and agricultural.

Legend goes that once a Naga youth, unable to bear his step-mother’s ill-treatment, turned into a Hornbill and flew out of the village promising to visit once every year. At one such flight, he saw two of his beloved married and settled. As a token of love, he presented them with a feather each from his body; bidding a final goodbye to the land. Since then, people use the hornbill’s feathers in their headgears and dance elegantly celebrating the tradition with their community.

Usually a week long affair, this year the Hornbill Festival is from December 1 – 10 owing to the grand success in the previous years. Nagaland is a place with as many as 16 diverse tribes -Ao, Angami, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sumi, Chakhesang, Khiamniungam, Kachari, Phom, Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchungrü, Kuki, Zeliang and Pochury – all of which come together for the occasion. They sing, dance, feast and showcase their diversity by interacting with the other tribes, participating in various contests and traditional games. You’re welcome to be a part of the traditional extravaganza: it’s a lot of fun being a part of contests such as Naga chilly eating, pork eating along with traditional competitions such as fashion shows, beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert.


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There’s also much to see and buy at the event: from paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures to food Stalls, herbal medicine stalls, and gorgeous flower stalls, you won’t be able to not indulge in shopping.

Hornbill Festival happens in the model village built at Kisama, a western Angami location 12km away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.