Final day of the week-long Hornbill festival culminated Friday evening at Kisama with thousands of people witnessing the blend of modern and traditional culture showcasing the best of Naga youths.
Chief host of the festival, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in his address, said “Festival like this brings people together, fostering oneness just as the theme of the Hornbill Festival says ‘Unity’.”
Rio said in a large country like India, with ethnic diversity, understanding one another by visiting one another was vital.
He was optimistic that throughout the seven days celebration, the tourists must have experienced that Nagas were peace loving people.
Rio urged the tourists to be the ambassadors of the Nagas and the northeast and also to carry the message about Naga people to their places. He also asked the tourists to visit again with their family members and friends.
Chief minister congratulated tourism department, cultural troupes, tourists, local, national and international, for their support, cooperation and participation making the festival a grand success. Angh of Chiu Village pronounced traditional blessing at the closing ceremony.
Meanwhile, interacting with media persons, parliamentary secretary tourism Yitachu, who was also the chairman of the festival, remarked Hornbill Festival 2012 as very successful with all the seven days being witnessed with full of enthusiasm of both the visitors and also the participants.
Yitachu expressed the hope that many individuals, particularly within the state, must have realized the importance of the festival and the promotional activities of tourism.
Maintaining that Hornbill Festival has become a popular event, the chairman expressed hope that everyone at the festival enjoyed the celebration. He said it might be the last time for some participants though cultural activities would go on for lifetime.
Yitachu said there were around 2000 foreign tourists who joined the 2012 Hornbill festival, domestic tourists touched nearly 30,000 and visitors from various districts of the state were around 50,000.
Asserting “this is our festival”, he said ‘our people’ should also come and take the opportunity as the festival was growing overtaking many of other festivals.
The closing ceremony was followed by a blend of music and dances by a set of Naga talented artist. Miss Nagaland 2012 Imlibenla Jamir lit the Bon fire and unity dance by various cultural troupes bid farewell to Hornbill festival 2012.
Earlier in the day, cultural programme was held under the theme “unity’, where cultural troupes representing various tribes performed songs and dances.
Yimchunger cultural troupe from Moya village performed song of pluoghing in the field. Sangvi cultural women welfare society from Longkhim performed song of peace and friendship. Peshu village dance club, Uphai cultural society Kejok Viilage, Lürüri cultural troupe, Pongching Buhu cultural society, Pangpon cultural Khong, cultural club Wokha and Kitomi village cultural troupe also performed in the morning session.
In the afternoon session, Garo cultural society from Dimapur performed a harvest dance; Dimasa kachari cultural club performed concluding dance “Bai-Khao-Ba”; Khensa cultural troupe performed “Konki moa”; Tehephu Cultural troupe performed a ploughing song “Khüheli”; Kithaga cultural troupe performed a folk song and Ngada dance; Kuki cultural troupe, Nchangram cultural troupe and Jakahma cultural troupe also performed their respective traditional items.