Hornbill Festival

Celebrated inDecember;
Celebrated mostly by Everyone

Hornbill Festival is a 10-day cultural extravaganza celebrating the age-old traditions of the 16 tribes of Nagaland through art, dance, music and food. It is organised by the State Government of Nagaland and is the oldest festival of its kind among all the states of Northeast India, having started in the year 2000. Imagine hopping from the home of one tribe to the next. Imagine seeing a war dance followed by a harvest dance. All the while, holding your bamboo mugs, sipping the rice beer that's just come out of these homes. As you stroll on the festival grounds enveloped by this exotic old-world aura, you witness a way of life where once, nature ruled supreme. And pride was literally a matter of life and death! All of this comes wonderfully, colourfully and rhythmically together at the Hornbill festival in Kisama, near Kohima the Nagaland capital.; The Hornbill Festival was in its eighteenth edition when we visited. And the last few years have seen the popularity of the Hornbill festival skyrocket. Which meant that finding a good place to stay would've been impossible. That's when the superb guys at a local travel company, Holiday Scout came to our rescue. They sorted all our stay arrangements for the Hornbill festival. All we had to do was get there. The Hornbill Festival is held every year from December 1 to December 10. This year, 2019, will be the 19th edition of the Hornbill festival. The festival grounds are in a village called Kisama, which is located at a distance of around 12 km from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.;