Hornbill Festival, Nagaland: A Photo Story

Image courtesy: Arpan Kalita

For 10 days all roads in Nagaland lead to Kisama Heritage Village, near Kohima, where the Hornbill Festival is celebrated from 1st to 10th December. Aptly known as the ‘Festival of Festivals’ this is an exuberant celebration of the culture, heritage and cuisine of the 16 tribes of Nagaland. It is indeed a truly memorable display of how these tribes live and over the years it’s growing popularity has begun attracting tourists not just from all over India but all corners of the world. 

 

Each tribe performs the traditional dance representing the region they belong to during the grand opening ceremony.
Each tribe performs the traditional dance representing the region they belong to during the grand opening ceremony.
Image courtesy: Pallavi Pasricha
Hornbill feathers are part of the headgear and are a very important part of the attire of most tribes.
Hornbill feathers are part of the headgear and are a very important part of the attire of most tribes.
Image courtesy: Pallavi Pasricha
The craft bazaar at the festival is a great place to pick up traditional Naga stuff.
The craft bazaar at the festival is a great place to pick up traditional Naga stuff.
Image courtesy: Pallavi Pasricha
Cuisine is a major part of the festival with each tribe serving their traditional food.
Cuisine is a major part of the festival with each tribe serving their traditional food.
Image courtesy: Pallavi Pasricha
Between the performances each tribe goes to their mourung and relaxes there, interacts with the tourists, happily pose for them when they want to take photos and sells their food.
Between the performances each tribe goes to their mourung and relaxes there, interacts with the tourists, happily pose for them when they want to take photos and sells their food.
Image courtesy: Pallavi Pasricha
Watch the Naga wrestlers turned out in traditional gear slug it out at the wrestling competition.
Watch the Naga wrestlers turned out in traditional gear slug it out at the wrestling competition.
Image courtesy: Arpan Kalita

AUTHOR'S BIO: A traveller and foodie at heart, Pallavi Pasricha has explored many destinations across the world. But that never seems to be enough and she’s always ready to hit the road again. Her obsession for travel is combined with a love for photography.

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