With preparations in place for the week-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, it is set to unfold on December 1 which also happens to be the day Nagaland became the 16th state under the union of India in 1963.
Hornbill Festival with gala shows planned by the state government will be held under the theme “Unity in culture”- with cultural exposition with additional attractions this year.
The festival will be formally inaugurated at 9.30 at Heritage Village, Kisama by the chief host and Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar in the presence of the host and chief minister Neiphiu Rio, tribal guest Yansathung Jami of Yanmhon Old Village, Wokha said Himato Zhimomi, Commissioner and Secretary, at the Directorate of Tourism here today.
Apart from the regular activities, the festival will also have additional attractions including Konyak Fire Eating demonstration, Pork Fat eating competitions, Literature fest, Hornbill Glocal Film Fest, Hornbill Ball, Choral Panorama, North East India Drum Ensemble, Hornbill Fashion night, Naga wrestling competition, Archery competition, Miss Nagaland contest and Hornbill photo competition, Naga King Chilly eating competition, Hornbill National Rock Contest, Hornbill International Motor Rally and WW-II Vintage Car Rally.
The second day of the Hornbill festival has been set as Northeast Cultural Day where participants from different NE states are expected to present the Folk dances of the North East India, Zhimomi said.
Literature Fest, a new addition will be held on the fifth day for the writers and publishers of the state to display their works and also take the occasion to release their new works.
Himato said the state government has earmarked `2 crore for the seven-day Hornbill festival, an enhancement of `50 lakhs from the previous year.
He also disclosed that the 12th Finance Commission has agreed to provide funds to Nagaland to promote rural tourism. In this regard, the state welcomed any private initiatives for promotion of rural tourism such as in the area of hospitality.
Himato called on people to respond with proposals as rural tourism was set to provide the highest employment in the future.
He also stressed on the need to preserve and conserve the state’s unique tradition,culture and bio-diversity.
He also expressed the hope that with the lifting of the PAP by the government of India this year coupled with the introduction of the Nagaland Express, entry of Jet Airways the transport and communication in the state would be boosted.