Nagaland is all geared up to host the Hornbill Festival from December 1, 2019, and is aiming for a clean festival, i.e., to create zero waste and ban single-use plastic. In addition to the extravagant performances by 17 major tribes of Nagaland and popular artists from the Northeast, reports have it that cultural troupes from Hungary and Thailand will also be performing this time. Also, this year, apart from cultural performances, trekking and hiking to Mount Teyozwu and Dzukhou Valley, a World War 2 rally and a stone-pulling event at Mima, a heritage walk in Kohima will also be organised as part of the Hornbill Festival.
While speaking to the media, Advisor for Tourism, Art and Culture, Khehovi Yeputhomi informed that the 10-day festival will be held in Kohima, Mokokchung, Dimapur, Phek, and Wokha districts, with the prominent arena being the Naga Heritage Village at Kisama. He also stated that tourism ministers from several states, apart from the officials of Union Ministry of Tourism, would be taking part in the festivities that would be hosted by the Nagaland Governor.
Further, Tourism Director Akhale V. Kham mentioned that to ensure a plastic-free environment and to create awareness, the festival will also witness a total ban on single-use plastic. The Tourism Department has even requested the tribal bodies to extend their cooperation.
Referring to the ban in single-use plastic, the convenor of Zero Waste Himalayan, Nagaland (ZWHN) stated that zero waste is all about discarding the use of Styrofoam, plastic bottles, plastic gift wraps, thermocol plates, cups and spoons, tetra packs juice bottles etc.
Historically, the Nagas have always been brave warriors. They consider the safety and security of their guests as an honour and prestige and will never allow any harm to be done to any of their guests/visitors. Topographically, Nagaland is mostly a hilly region with a pleasant and salubrious climate throughout the year, except for a small region in the foothills. Nagas are by race, of the Mongoloid stock and speak Tibeto-Burman group of languages. But English and Hindi are widely spoken and language is no problem in Nagaland.
Colourful life and culture are an integral part of the 16 officially recognized Naga tribes of Nagaland. These 16 tribes are different and unique in their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions are further translated into festivals which revolve around their agricultural cycle. Songs and dances form the soul of these festivals through which their oral history has been passed down the generations. Nature has been kind to the Nagas and their land. Though by virtue of her natural beauty, the whole of Nagaland is a tourist hotspot, yet certain exceptionally charming places have been identified and developed by the Government to promote tourism in the state, some of which are highlighted in the website- www.tourismnagaland.com
This focused approach helps in providing easy access to travelers of all categories-tourists, researchers, backpackers, ecologists etc. Since this little explored state is still developing and many more places remain ‘un-marked’-making them even more exclusive and fascinating to explore.
Information Source: DIPR-Nagaland Basic Facts 2011 & Department of Tourism
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