Also known as the Festival of Festivals, the __________ is held every year in Nagaland in December.
- Masquerade festival
- Thaipusam Festival
- Hornbill festival
The Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year in the first week of December, in Nagaland. It is also called the 'Festival of Festivals'. This festival is organized by the government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of the state. The festival was first held in the year 2000.
The people of Nagaland consider their festivals sacred and hence participation in these festivals is vital for them. Since more than 60 % of their population is involved in agriculture, their festivals too, revolve around agriculture.
The Hornbill festival is named after the Indian hornbill, a large and colourful forest bird which has appeared in many of their folklore. The festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, which is about 12 km from Kohima. The festival boasts of an assortment of colourful performances, crafts, traditional arts such as paintings, wood carvings and sculptures, sports, games, ceremonies etc. The highlight for the festival includes the traditional Naga Morungs exhibition and the sale of arts and crafts.
The Kisama village, located on the outskirts of Kohima was constructed by the government to portray the culture and tradition of the Naga people. The village is open to the public for a week in December and acts like a museum for the culture and traditional practices of the Naga people. This initiative was taken for the preservation and the revival of the tribal culture.
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