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Come Celebrate the Naga Spirit with Hornbill Festival 2023 in Nagaland

It’s that time again! Brace yourself for an extraordinary cultural immersion as Nagaland invites you to their annual Hornbill Festival, taking place from December 1 to December 10, 2023, at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, near Kohima. This much awaited festival provides a kaleidoscopic view into the rich tapestry of Naga culture, offering a feast for the senses.


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Here are some highlights that make the Hornbill Festival an unmissable experience:

Cultural Kaleidoscope:

At the core of the Hornbill Festival lies the breathtaking showcase of traditional Naga huts, referred to as ‘Morungs.’ Here, every tribe unfolds its unique way of life, providing visitors with a rare and immersive experience into the rich tapestry of Naga customs, artistry, and gastronomic delights.

The festival, in essence, acts as a living museum, transforming every nook of the Naga Heritage Village into a gateway to the captivating world of the Nagas, seamlessly weaving together their traditional roots and contemporary lifestyle.


Rengma Morung, at Kisma Village | Hornbill Festival, Nagaland


Ao Morung at Hornbill Festival Nagaland

Grand Opening Ceremony:

The festivities kick off with a spirited opening ceremony on December 1st, marking the beginning of ten days of cultural revelry. The energy is palpable as locals and tourists gather to witness a seamless blend of tradition and modernity.

The opening ceremony sets the stage for an immersive experience that transcends boundaries and connects people from across the country and around the globe.

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Zeliang Naga Tribesmen of Nagaland, India rehearsing their traditional dance during Hornbill Festival on 10th Dec 2014.


Display of Naga Warrior dance.

Sunset Extravaganza:

As the sun sets over Kisama, the Hornbill Festival transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle. Every evening, starting from 5 pm, the stage comes alive with performances from local artists and national acts.

From local dances to performances from all around, get ready for a lively display of talent that’ll leave you in the holiday mood.


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DJ Lil Bomb at the Hornbill Music Festival, 2019


Global Gathering:

Experience the vibrant atmosphere as visitors from all corners of the world converge in Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival attracts not only tourists but also participants eager to be part of this cultural extravaganza.

Come together to celebrate the authentic “Naga experience.”


A scene from the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland

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Tourists enjoying local food at the Hornbill Festival 2023

Collective Spirit of the People!

For us, the magic of the Hornbill festival lies in the vibrant collective spirit of the people. It’s a delightful fusion of young and old, locals and tourists, all coming together in joyous celebration, creating an atmosphere filled with warmth and festive cheer. This unique blend truly ignites the spirit of the upcoming holiday season.

Beyond the cultural showcase, the festival becomes a hub for building connections and kicking off the festive spirit in Nagaland.

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Hornbill Festival 2018

  • Taste the Iconic Rice Beer:

Savor the authentic flavor of Naga rice beer, an integral part of Naga tradition and festivity. It’s an opportunity to indulge in a unique cultural experience.


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  • Night Carnival Delights:

Explore the vibrant night market, where locals brave the chilling Kohima weather to set up stalls across Kohima town (BOC area and High School junction) It’s the perfect setting for warm coffee and local snacks, and a wide array of stalls offering everything from traditional handcrafted jewelry and handlooms to arts, crafts, and fusion delicacies.


Night Carnival, Hornbill Festival


Local blood sausage at the Night Carnival, Hornbill Festival

  • Diverse Stalls:

Wander through hundreds of stalls showcasing the richness of Nagaland’s culinary and artisanal heritage. From local delicacies to traditional handlooms and crafts, each stall offers a unique glimpse into Naga traditions and creativity.


Photo courtesy: @lemtur


Handicrafts all the way from Tuensang | Hornbill Festival Nagaland


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Youngsters in Naga traditional attire, Hornbill Festival Nagaland

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