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Hornbill Festival 2017 concludes with Unity Dance

Monday, 11 December 2017 12:08
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Dimapur, December 10: The 18th edition of the Hornbill Festival culminated on Sunday at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama with lighting of the bonfire followed by unity dance around the bonfire. 

The bonfire was lit by Governor PB Acharya, Chief Minister TR Zeliang and Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, C Apok Jamir and Miss Nagaland among others. 

Speaking in the programme, the Governor termed as a remarkable achievement for the Tourism Department that people from different walks of life from across the world participated in this year's Hornbill Festival.

As per reports, the number of tourists has increased manifold from previous years which is a positive sign. Nagaland has gained a notable position in the world tourism map, he said.

Acharya said Nagaland has the potential to become the most populous eco-tourism spot in the North East, and said Nagas must take this advantageous position to address the unemployment problem. Tourism can be one of the biggest revenue earning departments, he stated.

The Governor thanked the Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues, particularly C. Apok Jamir, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Eshak Konyak, Parliamentary Secretary for Art & Culture and their officers and staff for successful conduct of Hornbill Festival which has become an international event now. He also congratulated the Information & Public Relations Department for giving wide publicity of all events. He said this year's Hornbill Festival was attended by a galaxy of high dignitaries including the first citizen of the country, Ram Nath Kovind who inaugurated the festival on December 1.

He also congratulated the Departments who have put up stalls and pavilions.

In his vote of thanks Chief Minister, TR Zeliang said the festival gained popularity despite of the remoteness and lack of proper infrastructure. This has been possible due to our collective effort, he said and expressed gratitude to the people for the efforts put in and making the festival a grand success.

With regard to the much debated issue of reducing the Hornbill Festival to 7 days, he said after seeing the response of the people, the tourist and the success of the festival, he prefers the festival to continue for ten days. The State Government shall take a call on the issue in due course of time, he added.

Expressing gratitude to the cultural troupes from other North East States including Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Madhya Pradesh, Zeliang said their participation has contributed immensely towards cultural integration of the country besides, adding colour to the festival.

Earlier Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Apok Jamir in his speech thanked the President, Ramnath Kovind for gracing the inaugural day of the Hornbill Festival 2017. He also thanked the Governor, PB Acharya for being the brand Ambassador of the Festival.

He expressed hope that the ten-day celebration of the Hornbill festival has given the opportunity for the tourists to peep into the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the 16 Naga tribes. He appreciated the younger generation for taking the responsibilities in the celebration. 

"This shows that the youths are prepared to take up the mantle of preserving our rich cultural heritage," he said. He urged the tourists and the Nagas to spread the message of peace and unity and to resolve to protect and preserve the fragile eco-system. (Page News Service) 


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