Hornbill Festival


    In News

    • Recently, the Vice President Jagdeep inaugurated the 23rd edition of the Hornbill Festival at Naga heritage village in Nagaland.

    About the Festival

    • Often cited as “festival of all festivals
    • Hornbill Festival usually takes place between the 1st and the 10th of December every year in Nagaland. 
    • Aim of the festival: To revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions. 
    • It is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. 
    • The festival gets its name from the Indian Hornbill. 
    • The Hornbill is a common bird among the folklores and tribes of Nagaland and can be commonly seen prancing around in the forests of Nagaland. 
    • Many tribes take part in the festival: Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Dimasa Kachari, Garo, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Kuki, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yumchungru, and Zeliang.

    Great Hornbill

    • It is also known as the concave-casqued hornbill, great Indian hornbill or great pied hornbill is one of the larger members of the hornbill family.
    • It is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.
    • Its impressive size and colour have made it important in many tribal cultures and rituals.
    • The great hornbill is long-lived, living for nearly 50 years in captivity.
    • It is predominantly frugivorous, but is an opportunist and will prey on small mammals, reptiles and birds.
    • IUCN status: Vulnerable

    Additional Information

    • Tsiiphie – Traditional Naga headgear
    • Amula kaxa – Naga shawl

    Source: PIB