Everything You Need To Know About The Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival takes place every year in Nagaland, to improve people’s livelihoods through tourism. And also to promote cooperation between the local population and the tourism industry in the form of tourism. 

The Nagaland government has encouraged locals and foreigners alike to come to the festival, which is called the Hornbill Festival

Hornbill Festival

When is the Festival?

The Hornbill Festival is held every year from 1-10 December in Kisama Heritage Village, 12 km from the capital Kohima.

Hornbill Festival Events

Angami Naga

As mentioned before, this festival is known for its large number of events. The very first Hornbill took place around the year 2000 and takes place every year between December 1 and 10.

Over the years, the Hornbill Festival has evolved into a series of events, such as the Hornbill National Rock Concert, which attracts bands from across India to compete.

Also popular are the chili food, wrestling event and evening rock concert of the Hornbill Festival, which features bands from all over India.

What makes the festival unique and unique is the international rock concert competition, which takes place during this Festival. The Hornbill Music Festival, also known as the Adventure Festival, is the most important event taking place in Dimapur and Kohima.

What is Hornbill Festival?

Also known as the Festival of Festivals, it is a traditional union of Naga tribes, which is one of the most important events to promote intercultural harmony. 

Although each tribe has its own festival at different times of the year, the Hornbill Festival brings the tribes together. Fostering the interaction between them and to present their different cultures to the outside world under one roof. 


While each tribe celebrates its own festivities, it offers everyone the opportunity to meet and share cultures and heritage between the tribes. It is generally celebrated as a festival of cultural diversity and as a meeting of different tribes from different parts of India.

Why is it unique?

The locals take part in this festival to revive and display their unique culture. One of the highlights is the opening and closing ceremony, where all the tribes participate and put on a show that is simply spectacular. 

The 10th day of the Hornbill Festival is also the time when the tribal communities perform unity dances in front of a huge bonfire that is located in the center of the festival grounds.

Hornbill Festival Experience

During the ten days of the festival, various tribal performances are held daily, with groups from several tribes showing off their talents and even recreating a variety of traditional rituals such as making fires and fermenting Zutho (rice beer).

There are eclectic folk dance performances from all tribes as well as a series of musical performances by local musicians.

Showcasing Cultural Diversity

The festival takes elements that are common and unique to several tribes and mixes them into one festival. At the same time, the festival itself, like the Hornbill festival, is more focused on diversity than agriculture.

It takes these elements, which are common but unique, and fuses them into a unique festival with an emphasis on cultural diversity.

Hornbill Festival events

The Hornbill Festival arena is located on the outskirts of the city, the main festival arena is located in the heart of the city, just a few kilometers from the city center.

The amphitheatre and festival grounds are packed with people from different parts of India and abroad to attend this gala celebrating Naga culture. The Hornbill Festival is for those who do not have time to go to Nagaland and experience the country’s rich traditions and cultures. To have the opportunity to host such an amazingly well-organized festival is a gift to the country, the world and all the countries of Nagaland.

Final Note

The Hornbill Festival is one of the best events to interact with the people of Nagaland tribes and have fun.

The festival is for everyone and unites their individual festivals into one big festival. It is a good event that interacts and exchanges with the people who are part of each tribe in Nagaland. After the tribal groups gather on stage, it’s time for the opening ceremony of the Hornbill Festival.

In the evening, you can see the various cultural events that are taking place and see the upcoming events in India. If you want to experience authenticity at its best, visit the Hornbill Festival to see the the performances organized by the tribal people.

1 thought on “Everything You Need To Know About The Hornbill Festival”

  1. Very good post about the Hornbill Festival. Highly informative for those who want to attend this festival. Keep up the good work.

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