The Hornbill festival is a celebration held every year in the first week of December, in Kohima, Nagaland, North-east India. Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases a melange of cultural displays under one roof. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. The festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima.
More than 60% of the population of Nagaland depends on agriculture and therefore most of their festivals revolve around agriculture. They consider their festivals sacred and so participation in this festival is essential.
The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in folklore in most of the state tribes. The week-long festival highlights include the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Cultural Medley - songs and dances, traditional archery, naga wrestling, musical concert etc.
This is a 8 min video on Hornbill festival. Here I want to share my experience and understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland, and their food, songs, dances and customs. Please take your time and watch the show. I'll be very happy if you leave your comments below. :-)
In this video I have used naga music as background score. I sincerely want to share the due credit to N. Kholi Solomon (lyrics), Adaphro Rose (composer, vocalist), Ashiphro Angela (vocalist) and Lophro (vocalist).
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