Hornbill Festival also called as 'Festival of Festivals' is celebrated annually during the first week of December, i.e. from 1st December to 10th December.
Hornbill Festival is one of the biggest indigenous festivals in India. The festival coincides with the Statehood Day of Nagaland which is observed on 1st December 1963.
Hornbill Festival-2018 celebrations are being held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, located around 12 kilometers from the capital city of the Nagaland, Kohima.
Hornbill Festival celebrations is a tribute to Hornbill, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas for its qualities of alertness and grandeur. This majestic bird is closely identified with the social and cultural life of the Nagas as reflected in tribal folklore, dances, and songs.
Hornbill Festival celebrations include a colorful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies.
Hornbill Festival shows both the culture and tradition of tribal people and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union.
Hornbill Festival was first established on 1st December 1963 and was inaugurated by the then President Dr. S Radhakrishnan.
Every year Hornbill Festival is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments supported by the Union Government.