Kohima, November 26: Nagaland government has earmarked Rs. 5 crore for the celebration of the 19th edition of the festival of Festivals – Hornbill Festival starting from December 1 to 10 with additional 11 events alongside the normal activities, which are spread across five districts.
The Hornbill festival this year will be spread over five districts of Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Phek and Wokha.
The additional events include People’s Festival at Khezhakeno, trekking and hiking to Mount Teyozwu, Dzukou Winter experience, traditional evening park at Kigwema, Kohima Heritage Walk, Rifle shooting competition, Nagaland Honey Bee Day, Loom festival, Folk tune competition, hornbill Night Parade, Ist Hornbill Badminton Tournament etc.
Korean cultural team will also be performed at the festival.
Stone pulling ceremony (Chiechama to Chiephobozou) in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Northern Angami Youth Organization (NAYO) will also be another attraction of the festival.
This time too, the whole stretch of Naga Heritage Village Kisama will be “Plastic Free Zone” including Hornbill Night Bazar in Kohima city, said Advisor for Tourism and Art & Culture, Khehovi Yepthomi while briefing media persons on the activities for 10 days festival at Tourism Office here this afternoon.
He said that the inaugural function will be graced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at 3:30 PM while US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster will be the guest of honour. Nagaland Governor P B Acharya and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will be the chief host and host respectively. Rattle & Hum Music Society will manage the opening ceremony.
He sought the support of each and every individual for the success of the Festival.
Additional Director and HoD Tourism Department, Akhale Vizol said that in 2017 the overall turnout of visitors, including foreign and domestic tourists to Kisama stood at 2,43,214 while the number is expected to increase this year. She also expressed happiness that the department along with Nagaland Police has launched Nagaland tourist police today for the safety and security of tourists during Hornbill festival.
Art & Culture Secretary Ahola Those said 17 cultural troupes from all the tribes of Nagaland will be participating in the Hornbill Festival which consists of 35 dancers and a total of little 600 artists.
Two artist corners would be set up at Kohima and Dimapur, featuring workshops, demonstrations, sales and painting competitions with cash prizes for winners, she said.
Hornbill festival is an annual event that showcases Nagaland’s rich traditions and the vibrant cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity and grandeur.
The festival brings together all the elements that make up Nagaland and its people. (Page News Service)