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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. 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. Grand Opening Ceremony: The festivities kick off with a spirited opening ceremony on December 1st, marking the beginning of …

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Preserving Memories | Snapshots from Hornbill Festival Nagaland 2022

Some of our friends were lucky enough to attend the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland in December 2022. The festival week was a vivid display of the state’s rich culture and heritage, and the chilly weather in Kohima only added to the overall experience. As they walked around the traditional huts, or “morungs,” of each tribe, they had the opportunity to taste local cuisine, interact with the residents, and marvel at the musical, dance, and fashion talent on display. Every night was capped off with a lively and entertaining performance, making the festival an unforgettable celebration of the unique culture of Nagaland. Here are some stunning snapshots we captured at the Hornbill Festival 2022 in Nagaland. See you next Year! “I feel shy”: A Naga girl in traditional attire smiles for the camera A Hornbill Moment: A Naga girl helping a tourist take a picture among the colorful menfolks. Foreigners enjoying Naga food An elderly couple takes a walk at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama  Truck full of Happiness: Local crafts on display for sale. Lenen …


Hornbill Festival 2022 Starts Today in Nagaland.

It’s that time of the year again we’ve all been waiting for. Nagaland is once again all set to host the famous hornbill festival. A festival that celebrates music, culture, food, and arts & tradition. It only gets better and brighter every year. This year we will get to witness an array of attractions around the state starting from 1st Dec to 10th Dec. Throughout the festival, there will be a medley of folk songs and dances, a musical night with artists from across the country and beyond, the display of traditional arts and crafts being displayed at the morungs. There is surely something for everyone here at this festival. So whether you’re a local or a traveler, fuzzy up with your warmest jacket and enjoy the cozy festival with high spirits! Also, don’t miss out on the night carnivals and enjoy the local brews and delicacies. “For all of our music enthusiasts, the music festival – brought to you by LIVENOW, starts from 2nd December till the 10th. We have an exciting lineup of artists …


Moments & Events Captured At Hornbill Festival 2019!

To add to this festive time of the year, Nagaland hosts its famous Hornbill Festival to celebrate music, art, food, and culture. Started 8 years ago, every year the festival brings with it a different experience for attendees. The vibrance and the energy only increase with every new edition of the festival, and 2019 was no exception!  Today, we bring to you some of our favorite moments and sights from the festival. Brew your tea, sit back and take a look at these beautiful shots that sum up Hornbill ’19. The festival wraps up tomorrow, make sure you drop by!  You can find different varieties of handicrafts to choose from. Morungs (Naga traditional huts) from different tribes of Nagaland. In case you’ve missed the fun, don’t worry. There’s still a day left, so hurry up and get to Kisama before you get a case of FOMO! More from Hornbill Festival across the years HERE.


Catching up with Uday Benegal of Indus Creed During The Band’s Visit to Nagaland for the Hornbill Festival 2019

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mixtape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”~ Rob Sheffield We all have unique relationships with our music – as creators, and as listeners. For folks in Nagaland, music is a huge part of growing up, with almost every activity that has shaped the individual involving some form of music – from singing in the choir to waking up to country music playing across the hall, to jamming to rock music to bonding with family over a bonfire and a guitar, music runs in the life and blood of the Nagas. That being said, music performances are a huge part of the most prominent festival in Nagaland – the Hornbill Festival, which happens every year from Dec 1 to 10, with a host of music …

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Hello December. Hornbill Festival 2019 is Happening in Nagaland!

  December is here, and Christmas is right around the corner! The air is crisp and cold with the temperature dropping steadily to welcome the season . . . and what better way to start the celebrations than with the pomp and grandeur of the much-awaited Hornbill Festival! This annual festival that happens every year in Nagaland from December 1 to 10, is something that you should not miss if you are looking to experience the Naga culture in all of 1 week! The festival formula is essentially the same with a heady mix of traditional customs and modern pop culture coming together in one big celebration – but what sets it apart every year is the eclectic mix of performers and festival goers that gets even more colorful each year! Hornbill Festival has something for everyone – for the young, the old, the local, the tourist, the artist, the performer, and the audience… So come one and come all, and be a part of the most happening festival in the North East region to …


All The Awesome Highlights From This Year’s Edition Of The Hornbill Festival Nagaland 2018

The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland has come to an end, drawing over two lakh tourists from across the state, country and abroad during the 1o-day period of food, dance, music and festivities. It has etched yet another lasting memory for so many – locals and tourists alike – about the friendly people and unique traditions of Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival that happens every year in Nagaland from Dec 1-10, has something to offer for everyone – from a glittering cultural extravaganza ranging from tribal song & dances of north east India to a display of local cuisines and traditional wares, musical nights that showcase the best of local, national and international talents, camping and trekking adventures for the travel enthusiasts, and a host of pop-culture showcases for the young visitors, and so much more.  Strap in as we take you through all the highlights of Hornbill Festival 2018 in Kisama Village, Nagaland. Tribal Morungs and their traditional cuisines The Hornbill Festival starts officially at the main venue, in Kisama Heritage Village in Kohima District. The venue hosts …

Exclusive Interview with KPOP Band MONT During Their Visit to Nagaland for the Hornbill International Music Festival 2018

Amidst the excitement of the annual Hornbill Festival in Nagaland (Dec 1-10), festival-goers had another treat waiting for them in Dimapur at the Hornbill International Music Festival. Kpop band M.O.N.T (Members Of the National Team) from South Korea were in Dimapur for the music festival as a part of their pre-debut tour in India. This headliner had the Kpop fans in Nagaland in a frenzy!  Korean culture has always been a fascination for the youngsters in Nagaland – which is apparent with their experimentation with Korean food, KBeauty, KDrama, KPop, Korean style and more. So when the news about their tour came out, the frenzied local Kpop fans were more than ready to welcome the upcoming Kpop sensation M.O.N.T to Nagaland. There was a press conference shortly after they reached Dimapur to address the media and their fans about their scheduled performance at the Hornbill International Music Festival 2018. Roots & Leisure had a quick chat with the Kpop band M.O.N.T from South Korea, to know about their music, their culture and their trip to Nagaland. Band …


The “Hornbill International Music Festival”, 2018 Kickstarts in Dimapur, Nagaland.

The much-awaited Hornbill International Music Festival has officially kicked off on the 1st of December at Agri Expo site, 4th mile Dimapur, Nagaland. The music festival will carry on till 10th while the Rock Contest will start from 5th to 8th of December. Four bands from Nagaland and 20 visiting bands have been selected through the audition for the Rock Contest, 2018. The ten-day long music festival will altogether have 24 bands which include 5 bands from Nagaland.  The opening day witnessed 5 renowned bands from Nagaland, namely – Cosmic Impact, Annie’s OK, Avancer, Papersky and Lords of Rock, and saw about a good number of enthusiatic crowd as well. The second day titled “Praise Sunday” saw a number of soulful performances by various Christian artists such as  Tali Angh, Beyond Sunday, Jack Pucho & the Warehouse Worship and Power Faith. Apart from the concert, 32 stalls were also set up to satisfy the hungry tummy of the people that attended the show on day 1. Below is a lineup of all the amazing artists who …


Top Five Places You Need To Visit in Dimapur, Nagaland This December During Hornbill Festival, 2018.

One of the most exciting events of the Hornbill Festival Nagaland is the Hornbill International Music Festival, which is going to happen in Dimapur. The music festival is scheduled for December 1st to 10th with an interesting lineup of local bands, K-pop, EDM, Rock, Blues, and Christian Music.  If you’re in town for the music festival, we’ve compiled a list of our top five favorite hangout spots in Dimapur. It was a challenging task as there are always interesting eateries and hangout places opening up in this bustling town. We’ll continue to update our list as new places emerge. So, without further ado, here are our current top picks that you must check out during the Hornbill Festival this December! 1. ILI-AH restaurant Location: Aiko Greens, Purana Bazaar, near Zion Hospital, Dimapur. ILI-AH restaurant is the perfect place for leisure, a place for family and dear friends, a place where time slows down, and for overdue and long conversations. A place you’ll learn to call home. Known for its Indian food and mouth-watering pork sizzlers with mashed potato, …