The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year from 1 – 10 December, in Kisama, 11 Kilometres South of Nagaland state capital Kohima, Northeast India. It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich cultural heritage of Nagaland. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival and display its extravaganza and traditions. The Hornbill Festival exhibits colorful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, Indigenous games and sports, cuisines, food fairs and religious ceremonies. The festival both exposes the culture and tradition of tribal.
Apart from these, Traditional arts and crafts are also featured, with paintings, wood carvings and sculptures by modern Naga artists. Cultural troupes from all the tribes sing folk songs, perform traditional dances and play indigenous games and sports. It is also a good time for music lovers as Hornbill Festival organizes music concerts, featuring local artists and renowned singers of catering for all tastes, ensures that the festive spirit continues through the night.One of the major highlights of this festival is the Hornbill International Rock Festival, which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium; local and international rock bands perform
The Hornbill Festival has contributed significantly to enhancing the state’s tourism brand. Tourism promoters believe that the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland allows tourists to have an insight into the different tribes of Nagaland. It fosters understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the state, its resourceful architecture and its ethnic cuisine.