Virtual Hornbill Festival 2020 from Dec 1
KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 30: Nagaland is all geared to celebrate the 58th Statehood Day along with the launching of a 5-day virtual Hornbill Festival on Tuesday.
Unlike previous years when Statehood Day and the 10-day long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland used to be a mega event, this year faced with COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be low profile.
Commemoration of Statehood Day will be marked with limited invitees at the main celebration in Secretariat Plaza where Chief Minister Rio will take the general salute from 5 parade contingents – 4th NAP Battalion, DEF Kohima, Special Task Force, 15th NAP Mahila Battalion and PTS Brass Band.
Respective District and Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) headquarters will also hold the Statehood Day celebration in the respective areas.
As part of the day, Raj Bhavan, Kohima, is also organizing a programme to commemorate and honour the sacrifices of Nagas by unveiling the bust of Dr Imkongliba Ao, President of Naga Peoples’ Convention.
Meanwhile, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, even the popular Hornbill Festival, which used to be celebrated for 10 days from December 1 to 10 in previous years will be conducted virtually this year.
The Department of Tourism has notified that the annual festival would be observed over audio-visual media channels and social media platforms this time, and people can enjoy the tribal dance performances sitting at home.
Hornbill Festival, held every year from December 1 to 10, showcases the culture, heritage, food and customs of Naga tribes at Kisama village.
Sixteen tribes come together to celebrate their traditions with colourful dance performances while tourists from across the globe used to attend the 10-day gala.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has meanwhile greeted the people on the occasion of Hornbill Festival.
“The Hornbill Festival is the flagship tourism event of Nagaland and has emerged as an internationally acclaimed global festival. The 10-day event, beginning from the December 1 every year, is unique, and like no other festival anywhere else. The Festival is a celebration of the Naga tribal way of life, an extravaganza of our rich cultural heritage that showcases the energy and vibrancy of Naga youth. The Festival is today one of Nagaland’s internationally acknowledged intellectual properties that has successfully propelled Nagaland’s emerging soft power into the global stage, where every Naga is a proud stakeholder,” he said.
Rio said the Hornbill Festival signifies unity and oneness in all aspects while exemplifying the vast potentials and aspirations of Naga youth. “Most of the events are conceptualized, curated and implemented by young entrepreneurs, event management groups, innovators and non-Government organizations that create a 100 crore plus Hornbill economy, which generates more than 8000 jobs and is home to more than 500 events held across 6 districts of Nagaland.”
Stating that the pandemic has created new normals, and accordingly Nagaland is rewriting the tourism script by aligning the industry to the changed dynamics, the Chief Minister said, “Once the world reopens, Nagaland will be prepared with a tourism narrative, that is in tune with a post-COVID scenario, and the Naga people will be ready to welcome you to this beautiful land, where, together we will create experiences that will become lifelong memories. I wish all citizens of Nagaland and our well-wishers and friends all around the world a happy “virtual” Hornbill Festival.”
(Page News Service)