Hornbill Festival 2023: Checkout dates for festivities and extravaganzas

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As the Hornbill Festival gets ready to kick off in the first week of December, the organizers are working hard to make sure everything is perfect for the festival, which includes several festivities extravaganzas.

Various hubs which will host the Hornbill Festival are being transformed to reflect the rich heritage of the Naga people. This includes fixing up these spaces to showcase the traditional culture in an immersive way.

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While everyone is buzzing with excitement as they get ready for this cultural extravaganza, let’s look at some exciting and thrilling events that will make your heart race and give you unforgettable memories.

Food and Music Festival

The Food and Music Festival taking place on November 24 & 25, 2023 at Kisama Heritage Village in Kohima, marks the prelude to the main Hornbill Festival. The Prelude provides you a mix of delicious food and fantastic music to get you in the festive mood.

You can join the fun and savour tempting culinary amidst groovy beats, which will give you a glimpse of the cultural extravaganza that takes place during the Hornbill Festival.

Mini Hornbill Tribal Festival

Another cultural prelude to the main Hornbill Festival is the Wangala Mini Hornbill Tribal Festival happening on November 21 & 22, 2023, at Ekranipathar Village in Dimapur.

This cultural event will be a burst of tribal traditions, dances, and celebrations that reflect the rich heritage of Nagaland.

It’s a colorful and lively celebration of Nagaland’s cultural spirit aiming to preserve and promote indigenous traditions. Whoever attends it would get a glimpse of the main Hornbill Festival.

Nagaland Offroad Adventure

Nagaland Offroad is an adventure event for drivers who pilot off-road vehicles through rough terrain in the jungles of Nagaland. This time, it is offering new and fascinating routes that take you through the rugged and undiscovered terrains of the region.

Each route is a challenge that invites thrill-seekers to experience the wild beauty of Nagaland’s landscapes. These fresh routes not only bring excitement but also a strong connection with nature.

If you love to get the rush of adrenaline and explore Nagaland wilderness through Nagaland Offroad, you may contact +91 70053 89145 for bookings.

World War II Peace Rally

Every year during the Hornbill Festival, there’s a World War II Peace Rally in Kohima to remember the Battle of Kohima and spread the message of peace. The rally starts in Dimapur and finishes at the World War II Museum in Kisama, Kohima, with participants driving vintage World War II vehicles like jeeps and motorcycles.

Along the way, they stop in villages to connect with locals and promote peace. It’s part of the larger Hornbill Festival, showcasing cultural programs like traditional Naga dances, songs, and music, honoring soldiers who fought in the Battle of Kohima.

Regional Saras Fair

The Regional Saras Fair organized by the Rural Livelihood Mission at Kisama Heritage Village in Kohima from December 1-10, 2023 is an opportunity to showcase artistic talents of artisans and craftsmen from Nagaland and nearby areas.

This event is organized to celebrate the diversity of culture, focusing on rural entrepreneurship to economically empower people, especially women. The fair is a lively place where traditional handicrafts, handlooms, and local products are in the spotlight.

Disability Pride Fair

The Disability Pride Fair is a special inclusive event happening on December 10th during the Hornbill Festival at Heritage, Bamboo Hall, and Kisama to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disability. It’s a place where specially-abled people show off their talents and abilities.

They will be selling things they made themselves, and there will be live music performances by specially-abled people. The event is organized to celebrate unique talents and contributions of individuals who face physical challenges. The goal is to highlight their creativity, strength, and business skills.

Vlog Contest

A storytelling event through Vlog Contest organized by DIPR, Nagaland from December 1st to 10th at Kisama Heritage Village will take centre stage during the Hornbill Festival.

The contest is open to all and invites vloggers from all over to capture the diverse cultural beauty, festive excitement, and the essence of the Hornbill Festival in their own visual stories.

This contest is a cool opportunity for vloggers to share the spirit of the Hornbill Festival through vlogging. For more details about the contest, you may contact +91 89747 50059/ +91 98561 97313.

Hornbill Festival cum Mykifest

Nagaland’s Department of Women Resource Development is organizing a dance event during the Hornbill Festival called the Hornbill Festival cum Mykifest on December 8th and 9th at Hostiscape and Kisama Heritage Village.

The fest will provide a platform to aspiring dancers to show off their dynamic talents and liveliness of Naga culture. It will feature awesome dance competitions with a mix of traditional and modern styles.

Naga Wrestling Championship

The Hornbill International Naga Wrestling Championship at Chiechama on December 4, 2023 is an important part of the Hornbill Festival celebrations. The championship, with its powerful displays of skill and determination, captures the essence of athleticism and cultural pride.

Organized by the Naga Wrestling Association, along with Nagaland Tourism, this special event, rooted in Naga culture and sports excellence, brings together wrestling fans to see strong, agile, and traditional wrestling in action.

Miss Hornbill International

The Miss Hornbill International pageant organized by Vogue Entertainment Nagaland with support from Nagaland Tourism, the Art and Culture Department, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency, and the Department of Sericulture is kicking off the Grand Finale for the 1st Miss Hornbill International, themed “Rise Above Beauty,” on December 2nd, 2023, at 6:00 pm in the Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima.

To make the evening special, Minister of Tourism and Higher Education, Temjen Imna Along, will be a special guest. The ceremony, with its splendid atmosphere and special guests, marks the fusion of beauty, culture, and women empowerment.

Loinloom Festival

Naga Lionloom Festival, themed “Livelihood Through Traditions” is a celebration that blends the ancient art of storytelling with modern narrative techniques. This cultural event aims to showcase the rich heritage of Naga storytelling.

The festival organized by the Exotic Echo Society in partnership with the Government of Nagaland and Nagaland Tourism is happening at the Weavers place in Diezephe village, Chumoukedima, from December 6th to 8th.

It invites people to enjoy captivating tales and vibrant cultural experiences at the Naga Lionloom Festival. For more queries about this event, you may contact +91 60099 42640.

Winter Carnival and Orchid Festival

Winter Carnival cum Orchid Festival by the Tepuika River in Peren town is a lively celebration which offers a deep dive into the cultural richness and natural beauty of the area. The festival, also a part of the Hornbill Festival will be held from December 6th to 10th with support from Nagaland Tourism, Hornbill Festival, Progressive Peren, and the Government of Nagaland.

People attending the festival can enjoy a variety of activities, like orchid displays, traditional performances, adventure activities, and a glimpse into the rich heritage of Peren.

Run For Hornbill

Run for Hornbill Against Time”, a part of the Hornbill Festival Celebration, is a 5km fun run organized by the Department of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, Govt of Nagaland.

The run will take place on 4th December in the stunning landscapes of Nagaland to build a sense of environmental responsibility. This event is being organized to promote wildlife conservation and represents a united effort to protect the natural habitat of the majestic hornbill species.

The Hornbill Sports Festival

Hornbill Festival is not just about cultural activities and culinary experiences. It also includes sporting activities. Event includes various competitive sports like badminton and table tennis tournaments. The festival aims to promote a spirit of sportsmanship and healthy competition.

As part of the Hornbill Festival, the Hornbill Sports Festival is scheduled from December 3rd to 6th at the Regional Center for Sporting Excellence in Sovima, Chumoukedima.

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