Nagaland’s annual Hornbill Festival will be held between in the Kisama Naga Heritage Village, just outside the state capital of Kohima. The event is a celebration of the state’s Naga culture and is named after Nagaland’s most famous bird. Nagaland has 16 tribes and this festival is a crash course in their culture, language and cuisine. Visitors can participate in indigenous games, enjoy music performances, and taste the local cuisine at food stalls. One of the highlights of the festival is the morungs, hostel-like structures that are unique to each tribe and built in different ways. More here.
Where: Kohima, Nagaland | Duration 1 Dec - 10 Dec
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