Nagaland to celebrate Hornbill festival from December 1

The Nagaland government is set to organize the Hornbill festival this year from December one, a senior official said on Friday. Now, the Nagaland Tourism Department has reached out to all Tribal organizations in the state, and has invited them to a meeting on October 1 at the Directorate of Tourism Kohima. The meeting will focus on the Hornbill Festival 2021, which is the 22nd edition of the festival.

The Hornbill Festival is a festival that celebrates the culture of the state. Held during the winter season in the month of December, it sees a footfall of many visitors. The festival sees singing, dancing, and exploring the culture and cuisine of the state.

As of now, it has been decided that all activities at the festival (should it be organized this year) will be held with COVID protocols in place. As of now, fully vaccinated travellers can enter Nagaland, and this might be the case if the festival is held. That is yet to be determined.

Hornbill Festival, which is one of the most attractive northeast festivals could make a comeback this year if the COVID situation remains to be under control by the time the festival is organised. This decision was taken at a meeting to review the COVID situation in the state. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Neiphiu Rio, the Chief Minister of Nagaland. Ahead of the Hornbill festival, the state would also be hosting International Tourism Mart (ITM) for the first time at the same venue from November 28 to 30.

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