Hornbill festival started on Wednesday it is one of the most famous festivals of Nagaland. On the very first day, the festival was visited by more than 12000 people at Kisama (venue). The 10-day event began on Wednesday with much enthusiasm and fervor.
The Hornbill festival is taking place after one year gap. Governor Jagdish Mukhi began the festival with the traditional gong of the Nagas.
On the occasion at the Naga Heritage Village, Mukhi, “The day is not far when the much-awaited peace agreement with Naga rebel groups will be signed. Everyone should make up their minds to create a conducive atmosphere for welcoming the new dawn of peaceful and progressive Nagaland”.
Also, he asked the youth of Nagas to take pride in their culture. The festival is an outstanding platform for the trials to show their culture. In addition, it also helps with tourism and the economic development of the state.
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On the occasion, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said, “It is one of the largest indigenous festivals wherein the uniqueness of our culture and its diversity is showcased in all its grandeur “
The Nagaland government on Tuesday announced the steps that have been made to check the spread of coronavirus during the ten-day Hornbill Festival in the state. To maintain the safety of the tourist as well the locals and so that there is no spread of the virus in the state
The director of the health department Neikhrielie Khimiao appealed that the people who are attending or planning to attend the festival. Should follow strict protocol and ensure that all the safety measures are followed as well. Special COVID Care Management Centres have been set up in Kohima, Dimapur, and Mon – the three main entry points, he said.
In addition, the health director also said that there will be a team. At the venue of the festival. Naga Heritage Village in Kisama with facilities for vaccination, screening, and testing kits.
It is compulsory for all the visitors to wear a mask. Visitors attending the festival must be vaccinated and also hand wash points are set up at different locations. If the guidelines are strictly followed, coronavirus can be kept in check but if the public becomes careless, a super-spreading event can take place, Khimiao said, replying to a question.
The Hornbill Festival, which will continue till December 10, showcases the colorful tradition and cultural diversity of 17 Naga tribes. The main event will be held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama. 12 km away from the state capital Kohima. The major events will include the Hornbill Music Festival, Nagaland Literature Festival, and Nagaland Film Festival, mountain biking. And the Hornbill Bamboo Festival. Other programs, especially adventure tourism, Naga style wrestling, cross-country race, will be spread across at least four districts