The 20th edition of Hornbill Festival was inaugurated by the Nagaland Governor RN Ravi with pomp and gaiety at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama, about 10 Km east of state capital Kohima.
Inaugurating the festival Governor Ravi paid rich tribute to the Naga leaders, who under extremely challenged circumstances, secured for the people, the Nagaland state with special status. He exhorted the people not to forget the leaders as history has not been kind to those who ignore or forget their heroes and martyrs. He also praised the rich cultural heritage of Naga tribes. He wondered how the Naga tribes with their centuries old village republics efficiently managed their social, economic, political and strategic needs for so long.
Ravi said a new dawn for Nagaland is breaking and urged the two million people of Nagaland to help build a new Nagaland, free from fear of gun and corruption, a new Nagaland based on the foundation of transparency, accountability and rule of law. He also urged the people to strengthen the spirit of unity so palpable during the Hornbill Festival.
The governor and chief minister of Nagaland formally inaugurated the ‘festival of festivals’ by sounding the traditional gong. Earlier, Aniashu Village Chief Montei invoked the traditional blessing and celebration of Colors of Nagaland began thereafter with spectacular performances by different artists depicting the ethnicity of Naga tribes.
Hornbill Festival is an annual tourism promotional event organised by the state government. The Nagaland Hornbill Festival is a cultural extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage.