Hornbill Festival Nagaland
Nagaland is host to one of the grandest festivals in the country, in December of every year. Started in the year 2000, the Hornbill Festival was initially drawn up as a grand event to promote tourism in the state. The festival, now in its 15th year, draws tourists from around the world – especially explorers, photographers, anthropologists, ornithologists and naturalists.
The Nagas, the people of the 16 tribes native to Nagaland, have as many similarities as they do dissimilarities. The Hornbill Festival serves as a great platform for the traveler to experience the lifestyle of each tribe with a focus on traditional wear, customs, food, drink, song and dance. Since many of the tribes are geographically far apart from each other and as the traditional Naga way of life is deeply rooted in their village and around their fields, it wasn’t very common for them to travel to other villages. This festival helps bind the traveling troupes to bring about a better understanding of each other’s customs and foster mutual respect.