The most famous festival in our region is the Hornbill Festival. Named after the Great Indian Hornbill which figures in the folklore of many tribes of our region, the festival is held every year from 1-10 December. The best of everything that about the state of Nagaland is beautifully displayed in this festival. Being an agrarian society, many of the dances are connected with sowing and harvesting. The clothes that the performers wear are vibrant. Each tribe has their own distinctive colours and patterns.
|A view of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, seen from our hotel window|
|The venue of the festival at Kisama about 12 kms from Kohima|
The pictures below show the different tribes performing. All the tribes take part and for visitors, it is a wonderful opportunity to see them all on one platform.
|The Dimasa troupe at the festival|
|The horticultural section had many different begonias|
|Contests held during the festival|
|Kitchen and garden equipment for sale|
|Finely crafted bamboo and wooden cups, containers, stands and trays|
The representation of the tribes were also in their dwellings, or the replica of the village dwellings that also had a kitchen from where the food was cooked and served. We feasted on rice beer, fried pork, chicken, and snails cooked with perilla seeds. Food and drink were served in bamboo glasses and banana leaf plates. The outer area displayed (also for sale were) traditional clothes, jewellery and bamboo and wooden decorative as well as utility items.
|One of the kitchens|
|Young girls enjoy a nutritious drink made of locally-grown maize|
Right from top the view of the "morungs" or dwellings built on different levels. This is by far the most well-arranged festival in our region. No wonder it has grown over the years. We spent a day there but a day isn't enough.Maybe next year we'll find ourselves heading back to Nagaland to spend more time at the Hornbill Festival.