Hornbill Festival Cancelled

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Published: December 7,2021 01:01 PM
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Nagaland Cabinet has decided to cancel the Hornbill Festival. The decision was taken at the emergency Cabinet meeting held today.

December 7, 2021: The Nagaland Cabinet has decided to cancel the Hornbill Festival. The decision was taken at the emergency Cabinet meeting held today. The cancellation is as a mark of respect to the 14 civilians killed in the firing by 21 Para Special Forces and Assam Rifles on December 4-5 and also as a protest against the killing of innocent civilians.



The hornbill Festival is the most important and biggest festival of Nagaland. The 10-day annual festival is also called the “festival of festivals”. It brings all the 17 tribes of the state together on a platform and showcases their culture, tradition and heritage to the world. The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird. The first edition of the festival was held in 2000.



Over the years, the Hornbill Festival has contributed significantly to enhancing the state’s tourism. International tourists too attend the Festival in large numbers. The Festival is organised by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments. It is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, about 12 km from Kohima. The festival has promoted the state’s tourism manifold.