Hornbill Festival 2024 – Colors of Nagaland

The most vibrant Hornbill festival 2024 is a 10-day annual music festival to showcase the rich culture and traditions of Nagaland. Hornbill Festival 2024 will be held on (1 to 10 December, 2024) which is organized by the State Government and Art & Culture Department. This Hornbill event is famously known as “Festival of Festivals” which displays the rich culture and traditions of Nagaland tribes as well as North-East Indian states.

How is the Hornbill festival celebrated ?

The Hornbill festival goes for 10 days where almost every tribe of Nagaland participates in this festival to display their culture & traditions. The festival is full of cultural performances, dances, music, food stalls, art & crafts, exhibitions, special cuisines, native sports and games, religious ceremonies and much more. The festival is celebrated for 10 days and the everyday ends with a bonfire at night. The major attraction one of them is a Hornbill International Rock Festival where many local and International Rock Bands perform which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima Nagaland.

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Significance of Hornbill festival

Hornbill festival has a great importance for the people of Nagaland which gives them an opportunity to preserve and promote their heritage and rich culture & traditions of many ethic tribes. For the tourists or visitors it also gives an opportunity to experience the culture, traditions, dances, food and customs of Nagaland Tribes. Many tourists reach Nagaland from many states of India and around the world to partake in Nagaland’s vibrant Hornbill Music festival 2024.

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History of Hornbill Festival Nagaland

The festival got its name from ‘Great Indian Hornbill’ and the forest bird displayed in the folklore of most of the Nagaland’s Tribes and ethnic groups. The festival was first organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments in the year 2000 as a mixture of cultural exhibitions but later this festival became more vibrant and the Government of Nagaland took up to encourage inter-tribal interaction and promote the cultural heritage of Nagaland. In 2007, the Rock Music Festival was organized on an international platform. And the celebration of this Hornbill festival becomes bigger and better every year.

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Major Attractions of Hornbill Festival 2024

  1. Konyak fire eating demonstration
  2. Naga King – Chilli eating competition and Pineapple eating competition.
  3. Hornbill Ball
  4. Hornbill National Rock Contest
  5. Hornbill Global Film Fest
  6. Hornbill literature festival
  7. Choral Panorama
  8. Hornbill International Motor Rally
  9. North East India Drum ensemble
  10. Pork fat eating competition
  11. World War II Vintage Car Rally
  12. Religious & ceremonial parades of each Tribe.
  13. Handlooms & handicrafts, art & crafts, sculptures, paintings
  14. Flora and vegetation
  15. Indigenous games – Naga Wrestling and many native sports.
  16. Local Naga cuisines & food stalls.
  17. Adventure – village walk, trekking, hiking, mountain biking
  18. Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition & sale of tourism products
  19. International Loin Loom
  20. Music festival – Rock concerts & handshake concerts
  21. Bamboo carnival / Night carnival

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How to reach Hornbill Festival 2024 ?

By Air

Nagaland has its Domestic Airport in Dimapur. The city is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati by air. Then tourists have to travel to Kohima by road which is around 70 Km and then towards Kisama Heritage village which is around 12 Km away.

By Road

The state capital Kohima is well connected by road with major cities. You can travel to Kohima and Dimapur according to your journey and then reach Kisama, the main festival destination point.

By Train

Nagaland has a major Railway station at Dimapur, which is well connected with Guwahati and many other major cities by road. From there you can take a private taxi or public transport to reach Kohima then Kisama.

Note : Tourists should obtain the ILP (Inner Line Permit) issued by the authorities to visit.

For Domestic tourists ILP issued by : 

  • Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House (of New Delhi & Kolkata).
  • Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Kohima & Mokokchung.
  • Assistant Resident Commissioner (Guwahati & Shillong).

For Foreign tourists

They should register at the FRO(Foreigners Registration Office) of the district within 24 hours or at the nearest Police Station.

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What is the Hornbill festival of Nagaland ?

Hornbill festival is a “Festival of Festivals” which is celebrated every year to showcase the culture and traditions of ethnic major tribes of Nagaland. It’s the best time to visit Nagaland and experience the food, art, culture, music, dance, folklore and many events held at Hornbill festival.

When is the Hornbill Festival 2024 date ?

Hornbill festival 2024 will be held from (1 to 10 December 2024) every year to showcase the rich culture and heritage of Nagaland, Where all major tribes come together and display their customs and traditions.

Where is the Hornbill Festival 2024 celebrated ?

The Hornbill festival is held at Kisama heritage village which is 12 Km away from Kohima capital state of Nagaland and the Hornbill Music festival near Dimapur at Indira Gandhi Stadium. Many events are held at many different locations. Check out for more details ‘How to Reach’ section.

Why is the Hornbill festival celebrated ?

The Hornbill festival is celebrated by ethnic tribes of Nagaland in which majorly 16 Tribes participate with other regions of North-East India tribes. The festival is celebrated to preserve the rich culture, customs and traditions of Naga heritage. And this festival is organized by State Tourism and Art & Culture of Nagaland.

How many tribes participate in the Hornbill festival 2024 ?

There are 16 major Tribes which participate in the Hornbill festival with other major tribes of nearby regions. The Tribes of Nagaland are : Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Kuki, Lotha, Dimasa Kachari, Khiamniungan, Sangtam, Sumi, Tikhir, Konyak, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Yimkhiung, Zeliang. Earlier Pochury tribe was a part of Chakhesang but later they separated from the group.

Can we get an online ILP (Inner Line Permit) to visit the Nagaland Hornbill festival 2024 ?

Yes, we can get an online ILP (Inner Line Permit) to visit the Nagaland state and the Hornbill festival. To check details are above ‘How to Reach’ in the section.

What is the other name of Hornbill festival ? 

The other name of Hornbill festival is ‘Festival of Festivals’ which is named after a Great Indian Hornbill bird. The festival is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Department of Nagaland.

Why is the Hornbill festival named after a bird and what is the State bird of Nagaland ?

The Hornbill festival is named after a hornbill bird because it is displayed as a sacred bird in the folklores of many tribes of north east India as well as in many Nagaland ethnic tribes. And in many tribes they used a feather in their hats. The festival is celebrated to protect the tribe’s ethnic identity, their customs and traditions. Also ‘Hornbill’ is not a state bird, the “Blyth’s tragopan” is the state bird of Nagaland.

What are the famous food and drinks of Nagaland ?

The festival food of Nagaland is ‘Galho’ (soup of rice, veggies & meat). Also Samathu(smoked pork with curry), Bamboo fish, Hinkejvu (mix of colocasia, cabbage, mustard & beans), Black sticky rice pudding, Rosep Aon (boiled vegetables), Bushmeat (dog meat), bamboo shoot, Axone (fermented soybean) or Akhuni.
And ‘Zutho’ is a local Rice Beer famous all over North-East India.

Which language is spoken in Nagaland ?

The language spoken mostly by Naga people is ‘Nagamese (mix of Naga and Assamese)’ language. Also English, Hindi and many other native local languages spoken by the Naga people because of many different tribes.

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10 Reasons must attend Hornbill Festival 2023 Amazing! Tribes of Nagaland
10 Reasons must attend Hornbill Festival 2023 Amazing! Tribes of Nagaland