In News: The Hornbill festival was celebrated at Kisama near the state capital Kohima in Nagaland

Hornbill Festival

  • The Hornbill Festival is celebrated every year from 1 to 10 December, in Nagaland since 2000.
  • It is also called the 'Festival of Festivals'.
  • It aims to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland.
  • The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colorful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state's tribes.

Indian Hornbill-

  • It is also known as the concave-casqued hornbill, great Indian hornbill or great pied hornbill.
  • It is one of the larger members of the hornbill family. 
  • It is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
  • The state of Nagaland is home to several tribes, which have their own distinct festivals.
  • The great hornbill is the state bird of Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh in India and also Chin State in Myanmar.
  • IUCN Status - Vulnerable.
  • All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival such as Kuki, Lotha, Phom etc.

Festival highlights include the traditional Naga Morungs exhibition and the sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, flower shows and sales, cultural medley - songs and dances, fashion shows, the Miss Nagaland beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games, and musical concert.