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Hornbill Festival 2023
8 Dec

“Hornbill Festival: 78K Attendees Break Record!”

The Nagaland Hornbill Festival, an annual tourism extravaganza orchestrated by the Nagaland government, has witnessed an impressive turnout of over 78,000 attendees during its first five days this year. The enchanting Naga heritage village of Kisama hosts the event, spanning 10 days and commencing on December 1.

Official statistics reveal that this year’s festival has drawn 1,621 international visitors among the multitude of attendees. The Tourism Department reports a diverse audience, with 56,115 locals, 20,659 domestic tourists, and the aforementioned international participants enjoying the cultural displays presented by the 18 Naga tribes.

The third day, Sunday, marked the peak attendance, with a remarkable 18,002 individuals actively participating in the festivities. This vibrant mix included 12,578 locals, 5,001 domestic tourists, and 423 foreigners.

"Hornbill Festival: 78K Attendees Break Record!"

Hornbill Festival Attracts Record-Breaking 78,000 Attendees During Opening Days

The Hornbill Festival, often referred to as the Festival of Festivals by the state government, has left attendees delighted with the showcased events. Many visitors have also provided constructive suggestions, enhancing the overall experience.

Originating in the early 21st century with its inaugural edition in 2000, the Festival was conceived by the Government of Nagaland to showcase and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Naga tribes. The festival takes its name from the Indian Hornbill, a revered bird in Naga folklore, symbolizing the indigenous culture of the state and frequently depicted in traditional Naga art and folklore.

The Hornbill Festival treats visitors to a visual feast of traditional dance, music, and folk tales. These lively performances not only entertain but also serve as a vital means of passing down the region’s rich cultural heritage from one generation to the next. The vibrant attire worn during the festival adds to the overall beauty, making a cultural celebration that truly honors the rich heritage of Nagaland.