As the year draws to its closing quarter, people across the country get ready to celebrate one of the North-East India’s biggest cultural displays: The Hornbill Festival. Named after the tropical bird, this festival is an eclectic mix of cultural displays from the fierce warrior tribes of Nagaland. Spanning over ten days, visitors can truly enjoy the refreshing experience of tribal life, dances, culture, martial arts, and cuisine.
This exciting festival saw its origins back in 2000, when the state government of Nagaland sought a news means to promote local culture and livelihood. With even the Prime Minister in attendance, Hornbill has truly attained status as one of the paramount events in the country. Here are 10 reasons why you should plan to head towards Hornbill this year.
1. For Amazing Art Displays
Art lovers can rejoice for Hornbill is essential a celebration of art in life. Several exhibitions of tribal art on display will leave you feeling truly inspired. Local dances, martial art performances, and live handicraft making will leave you spellbound in a myriad of colors.
2. Chance to Participate in Fun Games
Not a dull moment here as the entire festival is a fairground of fun and exciting activities. Go ahead and participate in challenging competitions such as the ‘chilli eating contest’ and win exciting prizes.
3. Witness Edgy Sport Shows
If sports get your adrenaline pumping, then Hornbill is where you should be heading. Switch off that TV and experience the live thrill of watching martial art competitions, archery, wrestling, and a host of other traditional sport activities.
4. Spellbinding Rock Concerts
One of the country’s biggest rock festivals is held at Hornbill each year. With bands and known faces from across the country participating for the grand prize, this is reason enough for music lovers to head east. A not to be missed segment for the metalhead in you.
5. Taste Unique Cuisines
A food lover’s haven, Hornbill showcases mouth-watering delicacies from the North-East. With a multitude of food stalls set up throughout the venue, there’s something for everyone. A must try are pork ribs, pork with bamboo shoots, and chicken rice stew.
6. Shop for Handicrafts
The shopaholic in you will be spoiled for choice at the various stalls with handicrafts and souvenirs on display. Moreover, by purchasing handicrafts here, you support the indigenous industry and this counts as a very good deed indeed.
7. Indulge Your Photography Skills
Looking to click something new? Hornbill is guaranteed to give you an eclectic array of opportunities to indulge the photographer in you. With its tribal cultural displays, colourful parades, fashion shows, and night markets, it’s sure to make the shutterbug in you very happy.
8. Sip Some Local Brew
The local rice beer is an absolute must-try at Hornbill. Served in traditional bamboo glasses that enhance the flavor, rice beer is adds an especially festive touch to the relaxed mood at the festival in the otherwise dry state of Nagaland.
9. Make New Friends
The Hornbill Festival provides the avid traveller an opportunity to meet people from across the country. With huge numbers in attendance, making contacts and friends is inevitable. Forge relationships and memories for life at this exciting festival.
10. Learn the Local Culture
If learning about history and culture excites you, then Hornbill is an absolute must-visit. The festival is graced with the presence of over 16 fierce tribes and each of them bring along a unique visual experience for spectators. Head over and discover stories about the rich cultural heritage of beautiful North-East India.
The Hornbill Festival 2017 will be held from December 1 to 10th. With thousands of people from across the country in attendance, do make your bookings early to ensure you get good hotel stay. A week of fun, festivities, and merrymaking awaits you!