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The Hornbill Festival is an annual festival celebrated from 1 to 10 of December in the Northeastern Indian state of Nagaland.
- The festival represents all ethnic groups of Nagaland for which it is also called the Festival of Festivals.
- Aim: To encourage inter-ethnic interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland
- Frequency: Annually
- Venue: Kisama Heritage Village ,Kohima District, Nagaland
- The festival is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful forest bird which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state’s ethnic groups
- Festival highlights: Traditional Naga Morungs exhibition and the sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, herbal medicine stalls, flower shows and sales, cultural medley – songs and dances, fashion shows, the Miss Nagaland beauty contest, traditional archery, Naga wrestling, indigenous games and musical concerts.
Major highlights of this festival: Hornbill International Rock Festival, which is held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, local and international rock bands perform.