Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hornbill Festival

The Festival is named after the hornbill, the globally respected bird and which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes.

Organized by the State Directorate of Tourism, Nagaland, Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. This festival usually takes place between the 1st and the 5th of December in Kohima.
Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.

Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 Km from Kohima and is permanently created for celebration of this festival. Here, typical Naga boys’ dormitories (morungs) of each tribe are constructed in their respective tribal architectural designs to simulate a real village scene. Naga boys dormitories (morungs) are places where impressionable boys learn to socialize and live in a community, where values of survival are taught against the backdrop of head hunting and constant fear of the enemy and animals. It is also a school where they learn the lessons of life such as bravery,loyalty, honesty and arts and crafts. Here they also learn the oral traditions of their people, their stories, myths and legends and pass it down through the generations. Official Website - Hornbill

1. Phom - A Naga Tribe's Traiditional House

2. A Man dressed in his traditional attire.

3. An Old lady with a Colorful Shawl.

4. A Naga Tribesman with a spear

5. A Phom man dressed in his traditional attire infront of the traditional house.



8. A Sumi House with a Colorful Totem Pole.

9. A Naga Warrior



12. A War Dance

13. A Community Dance


The week long festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts which include paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are also on display. Festival highlights include Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley - songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical concert.


  1. Nice pictures & informative too! Reminds me of my old buddy Nuklu Phom... Can we also organize something like this in Mizoram?

  2. Reiek Tlang ah Anthurium Festival an neih hi a tluk teuh ber a ni thei ang em? mahse Naga Hornbill hi chu a pui deuh zawk in ka hria.