Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hornbill Festival

In Nagaland there is a saying life is like a long festival. As there are 16 tribes in the country, there is a tribal festival at least once a month. These festivals revolve around agriculture, which are connected to the spring, sowing the first crop of the year and are always celebrated with great joy and participation. Festivals are an opportunity for exchanges and gifts, gifts in meat and other good in an atmosphere of brotherhood. It is an opportunity to establish new relationships, to renew or older.

The old values, such as generosity, hospitality, courage, loyalty and camaraderie are transmitted through these festivals, values ​​that grow and are handed down from generation to generation that is why the land of the Nagas today has still very strong sense of hospitality.

Nagas follow Lunar calendar for their festivals as prescribed by their animistic religion. By observing the phases of the moon, the shaman of the village choose the days that fall between the moon and the full moon to celebrate the holidays. The day of the festival is celebrated with a loud voice to all the tribes after they have finished their duties of farmers before winter. Hornibill The Festiva is usually held the first week of December, and you can attend the meeting in one place of all the Naga tribes in the area. If you are interested in the cultural, social, folk tourism this is the one for you: you will know all the customs of these tribes, their games. sports, dances and songs.

The place where it is celebrated the Naga Heritage Village, near Kohima, created especially for the festival. Here are the dormitories where the kids are asleep, each built according to his own architectural tradition in order to simulate a real village naga. In these dorms are more timid boys scored in society to break with the age of childhood, are perceived for the first few times emotions such as fear of being hunted by an enemy or a wild beast and is transmitted the most important values ​​of life, such as courage, loyalty, honesty, as well as arts and crafts are taught to young people, are narrated the legends and myths of each tribe, handed down from generation to generation.

Hornbill is the the father of the Naga festivals held for the first time in 2000. All the festivals of the 16 different Naga tribes, normally celebrated in different seasons of the year, are concentrated in this festival for seven days, usually from 1 to 7 December each year. It is not a reproduction of reality naga, but a window on it! The festival is sponsored entirely by the state of Nagaland, which includes in its annual calendar of events. The Hornbill Music festival takes place in the vicinity of the festival itself. In 2007 took place the Hornbill Rock contest.

The Hornbill Festival is without doubt one of the most interesting tribal festival in the world and takes place every year in early December in a small village 15 kilometers from Kohima, the capital of the Indian state of Nagaland. The village throughout the year is a kind of open-air museum where you can see reproductions of the various Naga tribe villages, but during the festival all 12 Naga tribes bring it to life with dances, songs, games.

At the center of the village there is a large arena where every day in two sessions (morning and afternoon) the members of the tribe are performing in various performances. There are obviously stands with restaurants serving typical food naga, with traditional local rice beer, and a small market. In the last edition was also added folkloric performances of the other states of the North East India. The Festival is very interesting especially to learn about this fascinating culture and still partly mysterious, but also offers the opportunity to take pictures truly memorable.

Till a couple of years ago it was rather difficult to visit because they needed special permits, but today is the Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram who are officially open to all travelers, so if you want you can organize your trip completely independently.

The Hornbill festival is a collective celebration that involves all the Naga tribes, and for this reason the event was also referred to as the Festival of Festivals, to indicate the highly local. The celebration is a tribute to the great Hornbill, the bird most admired and revered for its qualities in size and alertness. The majestic bird is closely identified with the social and cultural life of Nagaland, which is reflected in folklore, dances and songs.

Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is a cultural extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage, while for visitors to this event, it is a means to the overall understanding of the Naga people, the land and culture. For locals, this festival aims to be a time of gathering and sharing to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage, this event is one tool to understand the overall size of the Naga people, its land and its tradition.

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