( Hornbill Festival
If you are a person who loves meeting new people and experiencing
new things and cultures, the
right festival for you to attend is the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland,
Hornbill festival which was celebrated for the first time from December
1-5, 2000 will be a yearly feature and will be celebrated around
the same time.
If you love seeing Tribal architectural styles and house patterns
of different Naga tribes, the Hornbill festival will have it all
for you in one place. As in this Festival, each Tribal Hoho(the
apex body of each tribe) will construct their Morung-the Boys Dormitory
where the values of life are imparted. In these dormitories, each
tribe tries to depict their original lifestyles to the nearest possible.
Though the original Totem posts and carvings are not available,
you get an idea of the original Morungs and traditional houses.
A tourist who is an art dilettante will definately find a visual
delight in going through the paintings and other art, like wood
carvings and sculptures by modern Naga artists.
who take delight in collecting art items will be more than pleased
as they will find a plethora of handloom and handicraft items such
as,bamboo baskets,wooden plates, wooden spoons, bamboo mugs, cane
and bamboo caps, bamboo and wooden carving of human figures and
variety of animals, bamboo and wooden smoking pipes, walking sticks.
Any visitor will be impressed with the variety of cultural items
performed by the different tribes. Different Naga Troupes sing different
folk songs and perform different types of dances. The multiplicity
of musical instruments used by various tribes is simply mind-bobbling
and impressive. All participating tribes also play and enact various
indigenous games and sports to the throated appreciation of all.
In the evenings, musical concerts and other entertainment programs
keep the people in a festive mood. These concerts cater to the needs
of all music lovers as it includes gospel, rock, metal, country,
pop, western and what have you. If you are a gourmet and like to
sample ethnic food, you can have a good fill as there are many stalls
where Naga cuisine is served. Many people from all walks of life
participated in the first Hornbill festival. It is expected that
with experience and with wider publicity more and more people will
participate in the intervening years. The Hornbill festival is organized
not only with the collective efforts of all government departments
related to Tourism, but it is a joint effort of all important NGOs
and local communities of Nagaland.