North East: 5 festivals on my wish list

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

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

The seven sisters have lured many of us in India. So who are these seven sisters? These are the exotic northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Often called ‘Paradise Unexplored’, the inhabitants celebrate this paradise in many ways across the seven states. It’s these celebrations that are on my wish list:

Hornbill festival in Nagaland: This is held every year in the first week of December and is also called the Festival of Festivals. The cultural extravaganza is named after the Indian Hornbill which is the large and colourful forest bird talked about in the folklores of most Naga tribes. The Government of Nagaland started the Hornbill Festival in 2000. Held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima, this festival is attended by all the tribes living in Nagaland. The festival includes colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Traditional arts such as paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures are on display. The Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition is also held.

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